Do women need strength training exercises?
The number one persistently persistent myth is weight training bulks women up. Nothing could be further from the truth. The only things bulking women up are those biscuits, breads, and bagels.
Lifting heavy weights benefits women and is one of the best ways to increase strength, while simultaneously improving muscle tone. Here are the top 3 myths:
Myth 1: Strength training causes women to become larger and heavier.
The truth is strength training helps reduce body fat and increase lean tissue. Muscle takes up less space than fat. Muscle is also 100% more metabolically active, and along with diet and the appropriate amount of cardiovascular exercise will help to accelerate your weight loss. The payoff…you’ll be leaner, more toned, and defined.
Myth 2: Women should avoid high-intensity or high loading training. Women are typically encouraged to use limited resistance, such as light dumbbells, in their strength exercises. Women need to train at intensities high enough to cause adaptation in bone, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. When exercise intensity provides insufficient stimulus, you’ll gain insufficient benefit. To gain maximum benefit from strength training, women should often perform their exercises at or near the repetition maximum for each. Lifting heavy weights will produce the firm, fit, and cellulite free looking body that most women covet.
Myth 3: I exercise so I can eat whatever I want. This is another big myth. Listen, exercise is no substitute for poor nutrition. Contrary to popular belief, you simply cannot eat poorly and exercise the poor choices away in a thirty minute jog on the treadmill. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.