Of late, we have become a lot more creative when it comes to fitness regimes, especially the female fitness fanatics amongst us. Ridding of the 60-minute, conventional cardio workout, female gym members are exploring new and exciting ways to reach their goals, with weight-lifting becoming increasingly popular with women of all ages.
While we used to associate weight-lifting with ‘bulking up’, women are now experiencing the numerous health benefits resistance training boasts, successfully dispelling of those stigmas traditionally attached to women in the weights area.
If you are considering incorporating weights into your workout, you will enjoy the following benefits as a result.
Lose body fat
As one of the most desired outcomes when it comes to exercise, picking up the weights can help you on your weight-loss journey.
But how? Weight training builds muscle, creating lean muscle while increasing your metabolism. A higher metabolism means that you will burn more calories all day long, reaping the rewards of weight training for a lot longer than an aerobics class!
A recent study showed that women who strength trained two to three times per week for two months gained, on average, nearly two pounds of muscle and lost 3.5 pounds of fat.
Reducing the risk of injury
Whether you are an athlete, an office worker or a busy mum, the need to remain healthy is essential. For this reason, the Superwomen of Wales are heading over to the weights corner of the gym, understanding that such training styles reduce the risk of injury.
Increasing strength in connective tissues and joints, while encouraging stronger joints, ligaments, and tendons, weight-training can prevent injury and relieve pain from osteoarthritis.
Reduce stress levels
The modern world is stressful to say the least, with exercise often seen as a stress outlet for many. If this is one of the reasons behind you joining the gym then it may be worth investing your time in weight-lifting.
Releasing endorphins that reduce pain, improve mood and fight depression, weight-lifting is also good for women on the inside.
Ensuring that you think about your exercises, lifting weights improves posture ten-fold, strengthening your back, core, arms and legs. Due to the whole body focus, engaging in exercises such as deadlifts, barbell rows and power cleans will see you stand taller, stronger and with more confidence, while reducing the risk of back pains.
Incorporate weights into your workout
Whether you are new to the gym and are yet to create your free personal training programme with us, or have been a member for a while and want to shake things up, speak to a member of the team to map out the perfect regime.