When women come to SHELifts – my women-only weight training classes – for the first time, they’re often nervous. Not just because they’re trying something new, but also because there are a lot of myths around weightlifting for women. I thought I would bust some of those myths, so that you can appreciate the real benefits of weight training without worry.
- You’ll get bulky
This is the biggest one, and the one that scares a lot of women off trying weights. Trust me when I say that to become bulky takes a lot more than lifting heavy things – it takes eating, training, supplements and a huge amount of effort to become bulky.
What weight training will do is make your muscles stronger (NOT bigger), it will make them denser, and it will make you feel like a superhero.
- Strength training won’t help you lose weight
If weightloss is your primary aim, you may think that cardio is the only way to go. Not true – strength or weight training can actually give you a more effective method of losing weight than an equal amount of cardio. And it’s way more fun.
There is the truth that muscle does weigh more than fat, so if the scales are your only measure, then it’s time to think again. Lighter doesn’t always mean leaner, so look at your body and the way your clothes fit to measure your progress.
- You’re too old
As we get older the potential for brittle bones increases, and this often puts older women off weight training for fear of injury. BUT strength training is actually beneficial – studies have shown that lifting weights can help preserve bone density, including for post-menopausal women. It’s actually an incredible way to keep your body healthy as you age.
- Muscle turns into fat
Sometimes people don’t start training because they’ve heard this myth and they worry that if they stop training, all that muscle will immediately transform into fat. This is completely not true – muscle and fat are two completely different types of tissue. If you stop training your muscles will shrink, and you’ll burn fewer calories per day, which can affect your weight, but muscles do not turn to fat. Ever.
If you are interested in finding out if weight lifting is for your, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org,uk