Women Lifting Weights | The Myth | Personal Training

When women hear that they will need to lift weights, they often say the same thing: “I don’t want to get big.”  They worry that lifting heavy weights will make them look mannish and muscular. However, the simple truth of the matter is that it probably won’t.  While it is true that some women, such as professional athletes and those that grace the covers of fitness magazines, are particularly muscular, it takes more work, more supplements, and far more time to look like that than most women realize. Most women will simply become more toned and muscular from following a weight routine.Testosterone is the main muscle building hormone; that’s why men have bigger muscles than women do.  Most women don’t have the necessary amount of testosterone to gain that much muscle.  Supplements and the like can be used to up testosterone and protein levels and help women build more muscle, but they still are at a natural disadvantage for building bulky muscle. Lifting weights isn’t going to make you look like a man; it’s going to make you stronger and more toned.Besides, the benefits of doing resistance training far outweigh any possible negatives.  Not only can weightlifting increase strength and muscle cells, which have a higher resting metabolic rate than other cells and thus burn more calories, but it also can help stave off osteoporosis by helping to increase bone density.  Plus, lifting is what’ll make you look toned.  Lifting weights, even heavy ones, won’t turn an average woman into Arnold at the Mr. Universe competition because women don’t have the physiology for it.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241