There are absolutely hundreds of studies and scientific research supporting the benefits of weight training for women, but a lot of women still tend to shy away from these benefits and opt instead with cardio workouts to improve their body composition.
Mostly this is due to the fact that overtime, we have been brain-washed into thinking that women will get too muscular and get a bulky look or in fact start looking like a man. This chain of thought is so far from the truth. Women who weight train according to their specific goals will achieve the body of their dreams faster by improving lean muscle tone and increasing strength. It is also one of the most effective ways to lose body fat quickly.
Even though cardio is still regarded by some people to be the best way to lose fat, it’s not entirely true, with numerous research studies actually showing weight training can be as effective, if not more so, than just cardio for pure fat loss.
All workouts ever created have one thing in common…Progressive overload. This is the gradual increase in weight, volume, intensity, frequency or time training in order to achieve your specific goal. These (sometimes minuscule) incremental improvements you make every time you step into the gym are all designed to progressively adapt and improve you.
In this post I will give you some of the unique benefits of weight training for women, (backed by scientific research of course) and why it should become a key component for you to improve your health & physique.
1. Weight Training Improves Muscle Mass
We all know the progressive weight training can help increase muscle size and quality. I have already mentioned that because weight training can increase muscle size, women actually avoid training with weight just in case they become muscular and bulky.
Let’s put that myth to bed once and for all. Here is why extra muscle mass isn’t a bad thing.