There are many women who go to the gym only to use the cardio equipment and they never touch the weights. Meaning, most of them never get noticeable results. But, if asked why they don’t weight train the usual answer they give is “I don’t want to get bulky”.
I want to explain why women should not avoid weight training and why training with weights is actually appropriate and beneficial for women.
You Won’t Get ‘Bulky’
A very common misconception is that training with weights will make women look less feminine.
Let me explain why this is not true. It’s very simple – women produce just one-tenth of the testosterone men do. This is important because it means that women don’t produce enough anabolic hormones necessary for excessive muscle growth.
In order for a female athlete to develop noticeable muscle mass, she would have to resort to pharmaceuticals that will dramatically increase her anabolic hormone levels. Without them, a female athlete, using weights, would improve her body composition by gaining muscle mass and losing body fat.
Weight Training Helps You Burn More Fat!
Weight training is great for increasing your lean muscle mass which elevates the metabolic rate. The more muscle mass you have, the more fat you burn not only during a workout but also throughout the day.
Every pound of lean muscle mass gained means up to 30 more calories a day burned. This number might not look significant but over the course of a year it translates into more that 3 pounds of fat burned.
This is only one of the benefits that comes with weight training. As we all know there are much more. Just keep these in mind next time you’re unsure about weight training!
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