It you were given your ideal figure tomorrow, what would you want it to look like?
Would you want to look skinny with no shape to your body or would you like to have lumps in all the right places? I’m sure the answer would be that you want to have big glutes, strong thighs, v-shaped back, nicely shaped shoulders and toned stomach. To have all these things you need to be lifting weights.
Women, you tend to go to cardio when trying to get the body shape that they want, this is because cardio is convenient, you believe in myths like weights make you bulky (not true) and you don’t know how to lift weights properly.
I now want to give you 8 reasons why you should be lifting hard and heavy for training:
1. When you lift weights, this will help you feel more empowered, confident, stronger and sexier. It will change your perspective on training, but also life itself.
2. There is so much progression and variety with weight training. Where as, with running, what’s your progression? You can run a little faster. It just isn’t the same.
3. Weights boost your energy levels and stamina. You won’t be no where as tired through the day when lifting weights.
4. Weights decrease the risk of injury. Lifting helps strengthen tendons and ligaments.
5. Lower the risk of osteoporosis. Weight training will help strengthen and keep your bones healthy and strong.
6. Heard people say about the after burn effect of weight training? This is because lifting increases EPOC (Excessive post exercise oxygen consumption) meaning after doing anything your body wants to return back to a natural balance, called homeostasis. So after lifting your body has to work harder to get back to balance. Resulting in your body using more energy, which burns more calories for up to 48 hours after your session.
7. Your metabolic rate will rise. For every pound of lean muscle mass you gain, you burn an extra 50 calories per day.
8. Lifting weights sculpts your body. Cardio alone will just leave you looking skinny. I know you want to have shape, not be skinny.
After reading this I hope you won’t continue to shy after from weights. Stop listening to myths like ‘weights make you bulky’ because they don’t. You haven’t got the testosterone men have, so you won’t be able to grow the muscle you have this perception on.
Cardio/HIIT alone can be boring, it will leave you with poor mobility and flexibility. You will have under developed muscles ie weak glutes which will lead to lower back pain. Poor posture, rounded shoulders.
When you start lifting weights, you will never go back to cardio again, I promise.
If you want to know how to execute weighted exercises properly then heard over to my exercise tutorials page.