“Marcus I don’t want to get too big and look like one of those body building women” I hear them cry! “Marcus I can’t lift that, it’s too heavy for me” I hear them plead! “Marcus shouldn’t we just stick to cardio to burn the fat?” I hear them query!
So should women weight train? In short absolutely! In my book, training hard and heavy with weights works absolute wonders for both men and women alike and in this blog post I would like to cut through the myths and get to the truth.
Most women have the initial fear that after only training with weights for a short period they will explode into a giant Javelin throwing man crushing woman like Great Britain’s very own Olympian Fatima Whitbread. For some reason they can’t see the upside of bulging muscles, facial hair and a voice like Barry White! Â Jokes aside, this is not going to happen. The fact is women do not produce enough testosterone to build large bulky muscles. The photos of women body builders you see have probably been thrashing massive weights for years and are most likely using steroids and/or testosterone hormones.
Light weights as opposed to heavier weights ? I come across this situation all the time! Alas, we have all been brainwashed into the thinking that men are only allowed to use heavy metal looking weights and women couldn’t possibly flirt with the notion of using anything other than inoffensive, pastel coloured, spongy, 1kg to 2kg weights. A part of me wants to build a large bonfire with these weights in the city centre to send out a clear message to the world and dispel the myths about who should be lifting what. There are many reasons why I don’t do this ranging from being arrested and hurled into an institution for the criminally insane and being deserted by family and friends due to fear of repercussions from the general public… Â we digress.
So let’s get to the point! Why do I believe that weight training is perfect for women?
- You’ll fry body fat
- Increased muscle definition
- Increases bone density which helps fight osteoporosis
- Your gains in strength will start as soon as in 2 to 3 weeks
- In my experience women feel so much more empowered when they are lean and strong throughout their body. Train safely, consistently and dynamically and watch your confidence surge to a maximum.
- Great for injury prevention.
Safety is a massive point with heavy weights. If you’re not sure where to start find someone to help you ensure your technique is spot on. Ignorance in a weights room can be a very dangerous thing.
Always feel free to ask me any fitness related questions you may have.