Every day we work with strong, inspirational females, and wow do they put in the WORK. A common concern for many of our female clients is “Will lifting weights make me look bulky?” Below are a few benefits of lifting weights and myths debunked.

Benefits of lifting weights:

  • Improve fat loss
  • Enhance mood and reduce stress
  • Gain strength without bulking
  • Reduce risk of injury, back pain and arthritis
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes

Improve fat loss

When lifting weights, you build lean muscle. The more muscle you have, the quicker your metabolism will work. This means that weight training will help to boost your metabolism, and in turn, burn more calories, meaning a reduction in body fat and improved weight loss.

Enhance mood and reduce stress

Exercise releases endorphins which improves your mood, prevents pain, and fights depression.

Gain strength without bulking

Unlike men, women typically don’t gain size from strength training. This is due to levels of testosterone women have compared to men. Typically, young women have around 10% of the testosterone levels of men. Because of this, women will develop muscle tone and definition without the size.

Reduce risk of injury, back pain and arthritis

Weight training not only strengthens muscles but also increases bone density. This reduces the risk of fractures and broken bones. It also builds stronger connective tissues and increases joint stability which, as a result, helps prevent injury.

Improve athletic performance

Having a stronger body can also help with other sports by improving power, speed, agility and endurance. Weight training will help the body adapt to situations it will face during sport and also, throughout everyday life. Think about developing a training programme that incorporates both aerobic exercise and strength training.

Reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes

Weight training can help to improve cardiovascular health by lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol, and in turn this will help to lower blood pressure. Using weight training as part of your routine will also improve the way the body processes sugar, which may reduce the risk of diabetes.

We incorporate training into all our sessions at Project4 and our expert trainers are on hand to ensure you’re lifting properly. Focusing on technique will help you work out more efficiently, ensuring you target the right muscles and avoid injury.