When looking around the gym, you’ll notice most women are spending the majority of their time on the cardiovascular machines. While cardio is a great for heart health and conditioning, the best way to improve your overall fitness, reduce body fat and maintain adequate muscle mass is through strength training. Even with this knowledge, the number of women who pick up heavier weights than the pink dumbbells at the gym are extremely low.
This behaviour may be due to the misinformed belief that strength training will make you bulky. Unlike men, women have 10 to 30 times less of the hormones that cause muscle hypertrophy. So unless you pump yourself full of testosterone, and eat more calories than you are burning every day your muscles will only get stronger and denser – giving you that toned and defined look that you are after.
When you strength train, your muscles are broken down, and then rebuilt over the next 24-48 hours. While your body is rebuilding those muscles it’s recruiting more calories and energy to fuel the recovery process there by boosting your resting metabolism. As you build lean mass, you will burn more calories thought out the day. Generally speaking, for each pound of muscle you gain, you burn 35 to 50 more calories each day. That can really add up.
So what are you waiting for? Reduce body fat, feel stronger and more confident. Pick up heavy weights and start building your body today!