Have you been avoiding the weight room because you are afraid of growing chest hair? The truth about lifting weights for women is that it takes A LOT of the hormone testosterone for women to gain as much muscle mass as men. So stop just focusing on solely cardio and read about the benefits that weight lifting has in store for your feminine figure!
Most people know that lifting weights increases muscle. However, that muscle does not always have to mimic Hulkette-- It can be lean, give shape to your arms,give shape to your booty and take inches off your tummy. When all those magazines talk about "tone" what they really mean to say is strong muscle. Tone is strong muscles. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn when you work out.
So, what exactly are the benefits of weight training?
Metabolism and muscles: Weight Lifting has amazing effects on fat loss. that lifting weights has on fat loss. The more muscle a woman has, the more calories she will burn at rest. So, basically, muscles speed up your metabolism, resulting in fat loss.
Bone health: Many studies have shown that lifting weights regularly can increase bone density. We will appreciate this as we age.
Independence: Being strong makes everything easier. Tired of the men asking "You need help with that?" Are you ready to shock the masses that you can dead lift that couch? It is all you girl- get some!
GIRLS, YOU WON'T GET BULKY.
Hormones: Most women simply do not possess the level of testosterone necessary to support a bulky physique. Furthermore, any woman who does have a massively muscular physique is probably supplementing with hormones. While we all have different genetics, and some of us are prone to having more muscle density than others, as a general rule you have to train for bulk to get bulk. Gaining that type of muscle isn't easy.
This past week, I decided to try something simple yet new to jazz up my protein shake. It was delicious and filled with antioxidants! You can grab a rather large bag of mixed berries from Costco to get you through several weeks of these shakes if your taste buds are happy.
Berries Protein Shake
Frozen Berries, 1 cup
Water, 2 cups
Protein Powder, 1 scoop