Diet and hormones makes both sexes different, but ladies can still gain strength and build muscle mass. It doesn’t mean, you’ll look like a man, but let’s not forget the fact that women also needs to be stronger in such ways and become physically independent, especially when changing a flat tire!
A lot of women are thinking differently when it comes to lifting weights. They believe that lifting heavy weights can turn them into gigantic man-ladies. What is your usual routine when you go in to the gym? DO you step on a treadmill and walk for a few minutes doing a good cardio, thinking you’ll burn up those ice creams and cheesecakes you munched last night? Then, a few rounds of circuit sets? After that, you may want to lie down on a mat and finish up with some crunches to lean that tummy? Am I sounding too familiar?
If this is your daily routine, well it’s time to change your course!
These women actually accomplish very little. They may only burn a few hundred calories during the cardio workout, and possibly another few calories with circuit training, BUT don’t expect your bodies to develop increased lean muscle mass without some resistance training . A total body transformation won’t take place when you’re pushing daisies instead of iron.
If you want that complete body transformation, to the point where your husbands or boyfriends hardly recognize you, then you have to sit up and make some change. Take action and start to lift weights, ladies!
Don’t worry, you won’t get bulky, and here’s why.
The Female Testosterone Levels
The first reason why lifting heavy weights won’t make you look very manly with ripped sleeves, and become a lady version of the Hulk is that you don’t have the testosterone levels to gain tons of muscle mass. Based on scientific studies, men have higher testosterone levels then women, and women have higher estrogen levels than men. Testosterone is the primary hormone to produce bigger muscles and to perform extreme workout. Which is why, women will have a hard time putting on muscle mass that is much easier for men. So, better stop worrying and start lifting – you won’t turn muscular or too big from lifting weights. On the contrary, you will become more defined over time since the more lean body mass you acquire, the more your body will burn fat at rest. This is basic metabolism.
Another benefit of lifting weights is the effect on your metabolism. Weight training offers women a higher metabolic rate to burn fat easier and faster and most women want to get lean and shed body fat. So it means, a high metabolism might help you achieve a healthier, leaner body. You bet it does.
In lifting weights, you’ll see greater overall muscle definition.
Push yourself harder, lift some weight and step on to the next level – that’s the time when you will able to see muscle definition got improved. But also never forget to include a good nutrition for rapid fat loss.
Improved Functional Strength
And last but not the least you can achieve by lifting heavier weights is a more improved functional strength potential. Given that you get stronger by lifting a heavier weight and that means your everyday activities will be much easier over time. You won’t need to call your husband or a handyman to move a couch, or even have your brother carry your grocery bags. Having such physical fitness also means you have a lesser chance of injury in participating with different sports or other recreational activities. This can boost up more confidence on your part.
There’s no reason now to fear lifting heavy weights. I guess, it makes sense to fear becoming weak when you get older since we lose lean muscle tissue as we age. Begin with light weights now and gradually increase your capability over time. Training and practicing different workout strategies will allow your body to adapt to new growth by stimulating the muscle.
Like what I’ve said earlier, muscular strength may interpret female independence!