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Why Women Need To Strength Train and Why It Won’t Make Them Look Bulky

*In the below article we use the word “ladies” and “women” to refer to biological females as indicated by the levels of sex hormones that are conducive to muscle building

Ladies, lifting weights will NOT make you bulky, but here’s what it will do…

  • Reduce bodyfat
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Increase strength
  • Slow down the effects of aging
  • Improve self-confidence and positively impact mental health

Although the conversation is thankfully shifting, too many women still believe that lifting weights will make them look bulky or overly masculine.

Due to the limitations of biology, women simply do not have the same capacity for building muscle that biological males do.

While not building bulky muscles, women still see amazing results from lifting weights.

Below are the top 5 reasons why women NEED to be strength training 2-3 times per week.

Building Lean Muscle Tone: Strength training is an excellent way to sculpt lean muscle, especially as women age. By engaging in resistance exercises, you can increase muscle density, which helps to shape and tone your body. Contrary to common misconceptions, strength training won’t make you bulky; rather, it will sculpt your physique, giving you a toned and defined look that enhances your feminine curves. Traditional problem areas like the hips and back of the arms especially need to be trained.

Boosting Metabolism and Burning Fat: As women reach their 30s and 40s, their metabolism naturally begins to slow down. Strength training counteracts this by increasing your metabolic rate, allowing your body to burn calories more efficiently. By incorporating strength exercises into your routine, you’ll continue to burn calories even after your workout, leading to improved weight management and fat loss. While cardio only burns Calories during the activity, the effects of strength training workouts help shed fat all day.

Strengthening Bones and Preventing Osteoporosis: As women age, the risk of osteoporosis, a condition characterized by weakened bones, becomes more prevalent. Strength training plays a vital role in maintaining and improving bone density, reducing the risk of fractures and osteoporosis. By regularly engaging in weight-bearing exercises, such as lifting weights, you can strengthen your bones, promoting overall skeletal health and longevity.

Enhancing Posture and Reducing Back Pain: The demands of modern life, including sedentary jobs and prolonged sitting, often lead to poor posture and back pain. Strength training, particularly exercises that target your core and back muscles, can help correct postural imbalances and alleviate back pain. By strengthening the muscles supporting your spine, you’ll improve your posture, reduce the risk of injury, and experience increased comfort in your daily life.

Boosting Confidence and Mental Well-being: Strength training is not just about physical transformations; it also has a profound impact on your mental well-being. Regular exercise releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones that elevate your mood and reduce stress. Additionally, strength training helps improve body image and self-esteem, empowering you to embrace your body and build confidence from within. The positive changes you witness in your strength and abilities will have a ripple effect on other aspects of your life, fostering a greater sense of empowerment and accomplishment.

This last point is especially important to us at Virtuo. It’s one thing to be strong, but it’s most important to FEEL strong in your life outside the gym.

The women we work with report feeling increased confidence and drive outside the gym after just a few months of training.

We think it comes down to this….

When you do something challenging for the first time and realize what your body is capable of it gives you a sense of confidence in yourself that doesn’t fade.

As one of our clients says, “It’s like wearing your gym armor all day.”

That’s a feeling I think we can all agree we’d like to have!

If you’re a woman who’s been on the fence about trying out strength training, then here’s what you need to do.

Click this link and book a No-sweat intro with one of our coaches.

We’ll give you an exact roadmap to sculpt a body that will give you confidence and get you started on the path.

The longer you wait the longer you’re putting off feeling as strong and confident as you deserve.

At your service,

– Brandon & the Virtuo Team

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