Common misconceptions with woman and weights! Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the horror stories that lifting heavy weights will make women “bulky & masculine”, it’s bad for your joints, it’s dangerous, or once you have muscle, you can’t stop lifting or it will all turn into fat. It’s all nonsense!
This then feeds into stereotypes that are keeping many ladies from experiencing the profound benefits of strength training. It’s now time to put that fear and uncertainty aside.
The fact is lifting weights does none of those awful things. What it does do is that it will help you live in a healthier, stronger body. When you sit down to list your fitness objectives, you may be amazed to learn that strength training will not only help you to reach them, but may reach them faster than performing cardio exercises alone.
Here are 5 myths about women and weight training.
MYTH 1: WOMEN SHOULDN’T TRAIN LIKE MEN
TRUTH: Women should train however they want. I’m not exactly aware what “training like a man” means. Are deadlifts fundamentally masculine? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a sign that says, “lady squatters ye be warned.” Yes, it is true that some women shouldn’t train like men, not for the reason that they aren’t capable or unworthy. It’s simply because “manlifts” may not match their fitness goals. Whatever goals a woman may have for her fitness routine should be supported by her training programme. If her goals include a stronger bench press or bigger biceps, then there is no reason for her not to support these goals with actual lifts.
MYTH 2: ALL WOMEN ARE IN THE GYM TO LOSE WEIGHT
TRUTH: NEWSFLASH! Not all women have the same goals and not all women want to look the same. Exactly like men, some women are in the gym training to get stronger. Some may want to get that ripped look, some may want better health or some may want to improve their athleticism. That’s the great thing about fitness- it’s personal. That’s why it is so important for you to do your research – so you’re confident in which type of training you do.
MYTH 3: WOMEN NEED SPECIAL PROTEIN POWDER
TRUTH: Want to know how to market a product aimed at women? Slap a pink label on it. In actuality, when it comes to protein powder, both men and women can scoop from the same tub. There isn’t actually any “man- only” ingredients in protein powder, so there is no reason for you to fear about randomly growing chest hair!
MYTH 4: THE TREADMILL IS ALL A LADY NEEDS
TRUTH: Ladies should be lifting too. Even if you want to be a competitive runner, studies have been proven that resistance training helps increase aerobic performance. Cardiovascular training absolutely has its place, but it is not the only path toward fitness.
MYTH 5: LIFTING MAKES WOMEN LOOK MASCULINE
TRUTH: Lifting builds muscle and burns body fat. Countless studies have shown that women who participate in resistance training are stronger, leaner and healthier than women who don’t. There’s no way that women will build big huge muscles unless they are on special supplementation and a specially designed training system. Some of those muscle-bound ladies you would have seen may most likely be taking steroids. So why is it difficult for women to build big muscles?
Well, it is in fact simply because you do not have enough testosterone, a male hormone that will encourage your muscles to grow. In fact, women have ten to thirty times less bodybuilding hormones, testosterone than their male counterparts. Women who accept this myth that they will build big muscles if they work out with weights will miss out on the huge benefits that weightlifting and bodybuilding will have to offer.
LADIES, LIFT!!! All of us want to feel strong, determined, and confident in everything we do: whether it’s fitting into a pair of jeans, moving heavy furniture or dealing with a stressful career. Strength training can benefit in everyday aspects of your life. Put it in your fitness programme and feel stronger, healthier and more confident!
Personal Trainer at The PT Studio