Train Like Wonder Woman: The Benefits of Weightlifting

If you have reached a fitness plateau and find that you are no longer seeing results, then this article may be for you.

We’re talking about weightlifting for women. Yes, ladies- It may be time to step away from your beloved cardio machines and venture into the wonderful world of strength training. That’s for men, you say? We will be the first to tell you that lifting weights has a host of benefits for literally anyone that chooses to do so, including females. Weights may even be the new weight loss secret weapon that you have been hoping for.

If you are interested in learning more about what weightlifting can do for you, check out our list below!

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Weight Loss

Between the ages of 30 and 50, it is likely that you will lose about 10% of your body’s total muscle. If you are not working to preserve these muscles, they will be replaced by fat, leaving you with a larger waist size. Engaging in cardio exercises may be good for you, but it will certainly do the bare minimum when it comes to muscle development. Strength training is a sure fire way to preserve those muscles at risk, while still burning body fat.

Weightlifting also burns a ton of calories, especially if you are doing interval training with weights. Interval training has been shown to burn up to nine times more fat than exercising in a steady state, and can also burn calories for over 20 hours following a workout.

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Stronger Bones

According to some studies, resistance training has been shown to reverse aging factors in the skeletal muscles, making this type of exercise ideal for seniors. Lifting weights also contributes to bone development, with studies showing 1% to 3% increase in bone mineral density.

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Fit PHYSIQUE

A common misconception about weight lifting is that if a woman engages in this type of training she is guaranteed to developed a bulky physique. This fitness myth could be further from the truth, as it takes years of intense discipline and commitment to achieve such extreme results. On the contrary, weightlifting is a guaranteed way to develop a toned, lean look that many women strive for. In fact, lifting weights will make clothes fit better, as the muscles become more defined and prominent.

There are plenty of ways to get started on your weightlifting journey. You can buddy up with one of our certified YouCoaches for proper guidance and support, or sign up for a strength training YouGX class to learn the moves. By no means is resistance exercise an easy feat, but with a little guidance and persistence, you, too, can train like wonder woman.

References:
http://jap.physiology.org/content/93/4/1318.short
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8028502
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22777332