Lifting heavier weights do not ‘bulk you up’ or ‘make you a man’. My God, from where do you get such crazy ideas? Tell me, do you have testosterone, in the same concentration, as men do? NO.
Wait… females do have testosterone in very less concentration compared to men. Actually, this hormone is essential for us to take care of our energy level, body functions, mood and sex drive—not change us to men or bulk us up. Keep this in mind.
This article will be focusing on why women should lift heavier weights. Hence, if you want to gain some knowledge on testosterone in women, read this article from WebMD.
Lifting weights for women sounds difficult, but it is not what you think; read further and you will know what I am talking about.
Why lifting heavier weights by women is necessary? Why is weight lifting for women very important?
Let us find the answer.
#1 Lifting Heavier Weights Will Help in Burning Body Fat
Yes, you have read it right. Heavier the weights you lift, quicker you would be burning body fat. What happens is when you lift weights, your lean body mass increases. Thus, your body tends to burn more calories during the day.
#2 Lifting Heavier Weights Will Help in Losing Belly Fat
You may be aware that there is nothing called ‘spot reduction’. When you lift heavier weights (and not cardio), you start to lose intra-abdominal fat, along with burning fat from other body parts. In turn, not only your belly start looking shapely, you lessen the risk of sluggish metabolism, a few cancers, and diabetes. So, think now… would you like to keep your belly pooch/pot belly or get rid of it as soon as you can!
#3 Lifting Heavier Weights Will Help in Making You Look More Defined
No female would say, “I don’t want my body to look defined, or more defined”. True… but you must work hard for it. ‘More defined’ body does not come from unhealthy lifestyle and unhealthy diet. Where weight lifting/strength training is concerned, you need to lift heavier weights to bring the body definition. Lifting a pair of mere 2.5 kg dumbbell or 5 kg dumbbell and exercising won’t give you ‘defined’ or ‘more defined’ result.
Hence, great body = lifting heavier weights
#4 Lifting Heavier Weights Will Help in Preventing Injury
The more you strengthen your muscles by lifting heavier weights, the more your sore knees and achy hips will be taken care of. Heavier weights also prevent many injuries from taking place; it also helps in maintaining a good form while weight lifting/strength training.
#5 Lifting Heavier Weights Will Help in Fighting Osteoporosis
The key to this one is consistency, as research has shown that lifting heavy weights over time not only maintains bone mass but can even build new bone, especially in the high-risk group of post-menopausal women.
Lifting heavier weights also contribute to (1) more calorie burning, (2) faster strength building, and (3) making you feel empowered.
So, go ahead and indulge in lifting heavier weights; do not fear them based on some impractical preconceived ideas.