Should Women Lift Weights?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Should women lift weights? If I had a dollar every time a woman asked me, I am going to get bulky by lifting weights I would be a billionaire. It is the magical question or magical myth that women think can happen to them.

 A woman doesn’t produce enough testosterone as a man so it won’t be possible for a woman to look like some bulky bodybuilder. Unless she took steroids or Human Growth Hormone which would give her more testosterone than any average man. And the result would be looking like an extremely muscular bodybuilder.

So why would weight-lifting be good for a woman’s body?

It will increase your metabolism which is called your (RMR), Resting Metabolic Rate. The leaner muscle mass you have on your body the faster your metabolism will be. The only way to preserve your lean muscle mass is through weightlifting and resistance training. Aerobic exercise is good, but it is not enough when it comes to increasing your metabolism.

 Also weightlifting helps to burn calories after the workout more so than aerobic exercise. That after-burn effect is called (EPOC)- Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption. Most of your TDEE- Total Daily Energy Expenditure comes from your resting metabolic rate, (RMR) and that is 60 to 70% of it. Increased muscle mass leads to fat loss over time and increases your TDEE and the result is a leaner body.

Should women lift weights?

Weightlifting will improve the bone density of women. And women need this particularly more so than men because of Osteoporosis. Once a woman goes to their menopause phase after 50 their estrogen levels drop, and they are susceptible to bone fractures. And the level of their bone density deteriorates.

The only way to combat that is for a woman to incorporate weightlifting into her fitness and workout routine. Strength training will always help with increased bone density especially among older adults and it will help drop body fat.

“Weight-lifting helps to burn calories after the workout more so than aerobic exercise”

Weightlifting and resistance training will shape and firm your body. And you will not attain that from aerobic exercise alone. So, if you want to firm your glutes, arms, legs, and shoulders the only way to do that is weightlifting. And trust me you will not get bulky as you don’t have the type of males’ hormones that would allow that to happen. Lifting weights will build muscle, gain muscle, and improve weight loss. Now who wouldn’t want that which is the ability to build stronger and be healthy. Weight training is the fountain of youth and extending the longevity of your life.

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