For basically forever, the view that lifting weights is a dude thing has been pretty mainstream – or so we think. It seems as though most girls are afraid of getting too bulky, looking too manly, and not achieving the feminine physique they desire, so instead of resistance training they opt for some form of cardio and call it a day. But what if by skipping the lifting, we’re taking away from potential results we’re working towards? What if us girls are the only ones thinking we shouldn’t lift? Oh, and what if we WON’T GET BULKY?
A lot seems to be getting in our way when it comes to women and weight-training – and I’m not talking about everyone! Plenty of women incorporate resistance and strength training into their fitness routines, but then again, there are still plenty who don’t…and SHOULD! Aside from the health benefits of strength training, think of the things lifting weights can do for our body! In fact, some of our fav celebrities with hot bods we envy, like Cameron Diaz, Jessica Biel and Audrina Patridge, all include weight lifting in their fitness regimens! Not to mention the countless female athletes with sick bodies!
With all these inspiring women, why wouldn’t more women be inclined to work out with weights? Well, for starters, there’s the ever popular excuse of not having a gym membership, or not owning a set of weights, but there’s plenty of ways to improvise at home, and investing in an inexpensive set of weights would definitely be worth while. There are even accounts on Instagram, Pinterest and numerous other social media sites dedicated strictly to weight training for women!
Still, there are also some common misconceptions associated with women and weight training that just seem to linger, despite countless attempts to debunk them. But for every lie, there is a truth…and unfortunately, most facts about the benefits of weight-training for women seem to take a backseat to all the hate.
So, in hopes that I can change those anti-weight-lifting women out there, here’s some Weight Training Fact or Fiction!
Starting to rethink your all-cardio-no-resistance gym routine? Here’s an awesome six-week progressive strength program! It’s specific for women to help kick-start their training routines and bring them up from beginners to toned and lean weight-lifting babes.
New to strength training? Check out some of these beginner tips for information on starting out with weight training! And don’t forget to get motivated by checking out social media for inspiration, or joining in with friends to support each other and start training!