Strong is the new skinny!

When a lot of ladies first think of training with weights they may imagine a big muscular guy pumping ‘iron’. Yes weights will shape and tone your body aesthetically, they will not make a woman ‘bulky’. It is pretty much physically impossible for a woman to naturally become extremely muscular as we just don’t have enough testosterone for this to happen. Research shows that lifting weights can improve your overall health and make you a happier person. Weightlifting can help you burn fat, reduce your risk of diabetes, prevent back pain and even help you fight depression. Here are a few reasons, in more detail why I believe everyone should we doing weightlifting at least once per week!

1. Your metabolism gets a boost
Having more muscle turns your body into a fat-burning machine. Building muscle mass helps your body burn fat more efficiently at rest. You do not develop muscle through cardio the way you do when you are doing strength training.
In other words, the more muscle mass you develop through using weights the more calories and fat you are blasting up to 38 hours after you’ve worked out. Even when you’re just sitting around watching Netflix or glued to your desk chair!

2. You protect your bones
Want to stay active and injury-free all throughout your life? Weight training is a fantastic way to prevent injury. Research shows doing weight-bearing exercise can help prevent bone loss (or potentially even build bone), and in turn, reduce your risk of osteoporosis and possible fractures down the line. In way you are off-setting the aging process.

3. You zap stress
Many of my clients find weight training quite therapeutic. They channel their stress into the weights, and the powerful movements and exertion really allows them to release something both physically and emotionally. Getting a fantastic endorphin high keeps my clients coming back for more.

4. You feel more confident
When weight training seeing yourself progress is incredibly satisfying, and when lifting weights you can progress pretty quickly. Each time you train you can either lift a little bit heavier or do a few more reps, and being able to visibly see yourself progress gives a great sense of achievement. As you start to accomplish basic moves and then progress that gives you those little building blocks of confidence. It gives you the ability to cope with other things in life with confidence and a sense of achievement.

Weight training will not only transform your body but your mental health as well! Technique is very important when weight lifting to prevent injury and to get the correct muscles activating and engaging. For example, a common weight training exercise is a squat . You can see from the picture below an incorrect squat position and a correct one. In the first picture I am at risk of straining my knees. In the second picture I am grounded, weight in my heels, engaging my quadriceps (thighs) not my knees.

This is why everyone should have a technique tune up whether you already frequently weight train or would like to start. Under the watchful eye of a professional you will avoid unnecessary injuries and gain useful knowledge.

I would like to educate more women about lifting weights. I believe in one session with me you can transform your weight lifting technique and confidently walk into any gym and perform exercises the correct way to get results FAST!

For the month of August only I will be doing a massive 50% discount on a personal weight lifting tutorial 1-2-1 in St Albans. A 55 minute session for only £25 under my expert guidance. You can be a intermediate with weight training or a complete novice. I am here to help you! I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve your goals.

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