I’ve actually been very hesitant to touch on this topic due to my minimal knowledge and experience with weights. Aside from Pops taking me as a little girl and watching him impressively incline press, I might have dabbled here and there in high school throughout my soccer career. Everyone always talked about how crucial it was, how it’d only help improve what I do, and that it was indeed a great workout. However, with minimal knowledge and confidence comes minimal (if any) attempt to just walk into a weight room and do one’s thing. I give mad props to the ladies that print off their workouts and get after it. With my schedule, requirement for proper form, and just plain needing someone else to educate and PUSH me, I knew I had to hire Hank (an awesome personal trainer at the Y- many of you may know him).
Truly one of my best decisions ever. I go to him once a week and only for about 30-45 minutes. Id love to go more, but even after just once a week, I’m wicked sore and pushed in a way I don’t do for myself the 6 other days I train. Yes, the weight room is intimidating. Yes, we may not know which machine does what or how much weight we should be doing. But yes, once we figure out a way to get it in, especially us cardio kings and queens, its absolutely worthwhile. I’m not going to say its all of a sudden helped me drop 5 lbs, that’s still nutrition baby. I’m not going to say I can now climb mountain tops (though Id love to try). I’m not going to say its saved my life. I am going to say that everyone should truly find a way to get weights in because the benefits may be just what YOU NEED to help you get to your specific goals. Especially if you’re looking for an extra somethin’ somethin’ like I was.
Top 5 Reasons
Women should get their
1) Increased muscle mass= increased metabolism. So often we women (especially) want to lose weight, focusing on the scale, but not realizing that when we lose muscle mass we’re actually going to hit a plateau, needing that muscle to bust through, and continue on our journey we’re often after. A certain look and number on the scale will often be occupied with increased muscle mass, looking smaller, even though we’ve added muscle. Web MD says:
Our bodies constantly burn calories, even when we’re doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about six calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only two calories daily. That small difference can add up over time. In addition, after a bout of resistance training, muscles are activated all over your body, increasing your average
daily metabolic rate.
2) Zoning out (when with a personal trainer or strength class) and receiving Mental Therapy: the combination of pushing as hard as you can, with then the release of rest… is similar to pushing in cycle or turbo. I would say since I’m not teaching I actually can push to fatigue. This is a whole ‘nother type of effective mental therapy. After a great meaty sesh, I’m left to go home and not think- once a week… that’s a beautiful thing.
3) Daily Life: strength (whether glutes, core, shoulders, arms, back) to become better at what YOU do daily. Whether you’re training for an athletic event or just plain improving your day to day posture, the strength achieved by working with weights will surely show! I know I’m a better instructor, athlete, and 5’2 stands tall woman because weights help me work on the strength that cardio cant.
4) Adds intensity and variety to a tired routine: I’ve been teaching cycle and turbo for over 5 years now. Holy moly! Although I do use weighted gloves and switch up my own routines, I definitely needed a little extra something. Weights can always get heavier, and you can always mix up the routine as well. It’s also completely different than many typical workout routines, so throwing this monkey wrench work out in the equation is sure to shock your body into a very efficient workout without having to run around like a maniac! Let the weight do the work for you. Skyrocket your heart rate by lifting something 5 times instead of running marathon 5x a week (you get what I mean). Hello calorie torcher!
5) Feeling Powerful: I truly feel a woman needs to go through her day and empower herself by re-proving her strength, her beauty, her capabilities. Weight lifting is one way I can kick some tail, reflect on it, and realize how truly blessed and capable I am. Again whether with friends, a strength class, or with a personal trainer, go through your workout, and then reflect on what you just did. An hour of various exercises? Dang girl! Two chicks holding their own amidst the iron!? Heck yeah! Squat more than you weigh? Um HELLO!? Get it! Weight lifting, Turbo, Cycle, Hip Hop and my races do that for me. I highly suggest you find your empowering workouts, and definitely experiment with weight lifting. It’s a top activity on my list to feel as powerful as possible week to week!