Do you think women should lift? Lets bust the myths of female weight training.
Women shouldn’t lift heavy weights or they'll get bulky:
This is probably the biggest myth of all time within female weight training and puts a lot of women off ever lifting weights! I definitely believe that it's now the tide is turning and women are seeing that strength training can truly bring you the results you strive for. Endless hours in the gym doing cardio is great but to truly change your body shape you need to use weights. If you pick up heavy things, and eat a caloric deficit, eat the right kinds of food, your muscles will get stronger and denser. You will burn the fat on top of your muscle, and you will get that “toned” look that you’re after, giving you lots of confidence.
You can spot reduce fat
Wrong!...if you keep to a good clean diet you will reduce your body fat faster. Your diet is responsible for 80 to 90% of your fat loss! Weight training is also a great way to burn that extra fat. Training that requires big compound movements that use lots of muscles (e.g squats) will force your body to rebuild lots of muscles, which requires the use of those calories consumed even after the training has finished. I know that it would be great to spot reduce body fat but a good all over workout will ensure that your body shape is crafted into a great figure which is all in proportion.
You need cardio to loose weight
As mentioned above, a good diet is key to faster weight loss, but believe it or not weight training will produce a more efficient weight loss effect than an equal amount of cardio. 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 absorbing more calories and energy to make the process happen and therefore means that your metabolism operates at a faster level even while you’re sitting on the couch after a workout.
If you want to lose weight you have to eat less
Wrong!....if there is one thing I have learned from this whole process of weight training, it is that you have to eat in order to change. Eating those good calories will enable your body to utilize these efficiently to build muscle tissue which in turn will transform your figure. Trying to survive on a diet that involves around 1,200 calories and completing a grueling training regime will leave you feeling tired, hungry and lethargic. My diets have always been around the 1,800 mark, this will ensure that my body is getting enough calories for energy and to make sure my body is getting enough calories to build muscle and to also burn the body fat as well. All your weight training should be supported by additional protein. Yes females also need to have protein to grow and recover. You can ensure that you are loosing weight and getting the right amount of protein that you need to recover by using a lean whey like Bodybuilding Warehouse Diet Whey.
Muscle Turns to Fat If You Stop Weight Lifting.
Wrong!...Muscle never turns to fat as they're different tissues but if you stop strength training, you will have to eat less than before otherwise you'll get fat. Some also believe that if you train long enough your muscles will never go back to their pre-trained state. This is probably linked to muscle memory, it's easier to regain muscle than to build it from scratch.
Hope these myths have helped to change your mind on a few matters and give you the confidence to train harder and perhaps look at your diet if things are not changing as they should, its all about changing things up and trying new things, stretching your body's ability to do things and to shock it into doing things differently every now and again to maximise results!
Happy Training..... Anita x