Who says Weights aren’t for Women?

April 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From the looks of the weight room, you’d be surprised JMU’s male to female ratio is 40/60…There’s no evidence of it here!

JMU's UREC Weight Room

The question is: why aren’t more young women incorporating weights into their workout? Is it due to the popular misconceptions circulating from female to female? I’ve heard:  “I don’t want to get bulging muscles” and “I’m not strong enough” to even the commonly stated, “Weights are just for guys.” As a frequent strength training exerciser, I’m here to prove you females otherwise. After incorporating weights into my fitness routine this past December, I feel stronger and look toner — not bulky.

If I can’t convince you, maybe the benefits might. Strength training boosts your metabolism, increases and restores bone density, increases muscle mass, prevents injury, increases lean muscle mass,  improves balance, decreases your risk of coronary disease, and finally, leaves you feeling better and stronger. Don’t get me wrong…cardio is great too, but why not do both?

If you’re not familiar with weight training exercises, learn about the basics and guided exercises here. Hope to see more ladies lifting!

Loren

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