Why women shy away from weight lifting
Why are you scared to lift? 3 reasons women shy away and the truth behind it. In general, women tend to be scared of lifting weights. I hear it all the time with clients. And being the owner of a gym, I constantly sit and watch the majority of women spend hours on the elliptical or treadmill with little to no change after months and months of cardio. Ladies… let me tell you – LIFT THOSE WEIGHTS!
The top three things I hear about why they don’t want to lift weights are: “I don’t want to get bulky and look like a man” – “I don’t know what I’m doing and the men in there intimidate me” – “Lifting weights won’t help me lose weight”
Let’s now address these things.
“I don’t want to get bulky and look like a man.” Ladies, there truly is only one way to get “bulky” and “look like a man” and that is to take steroids or testosterone supplementation. Women do not produce the same level of testosterone as men do in order to truly bulk up. Lifting heavy weights will tone and increase strength in women, not increase size. So don’t stress about looking like a man! It won’t happen.
“I don’t know what I’m doing and the men intimidate me.” I get this. I understand this feeling of walking in to a gym and not knowing what to do. If you feel like this, have someone teach you what to do in a weight room. The best thing a woman can do for herself at the gym is to have a basic knowledge of how to function in a weight room and how to lift properly. Don’t let this be your excuse to not lift weights. Hire a trainer for a few sessions to teach you what to do. Nothing is better than walking in to a new gym (on vacation or wherever) and knowing what you are doing. Don’t be intimidated by those men in there – just walk in there and do your thing! You can be a badass in the gym if you learn what you’re doing! So go in there with confidence and DO YOUR THING ladies!
“Lifting weights won’t help me lose weight.” Ladies, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Muscle is imperative to help you lose weight and keep the weight off. Muscles increase and ramp up your metabolism. One pound of muscle can burn up to 20 calories per day whereas one pound of fat only burns 5 calories per day. When you add weight training in to your workout, you continue to burn calories long after your workout is over. So overtime, you will lose weight! But always remember… you cannot out exercise a bad diet. So keep that nutrition in check!