If you’re a woman, the answer to that question is almost certainly no! As women, we have too little testosterone to build bulging muscles, plus you would have to do a lot of it with very heavy weights, so you’re not going to look like Arnie!
Instead, regular strength training for women will produce strong, toned muscles. Not only that, you will also:
- Halt bone loss
- Improve your balance
- Feel more energised
- Improve flexibility
- Burn more calories at rest
Strength training for women is often overlooked as part of a weight loss programme, and yet it’s critical to healthy and sustainable weight loss. That’s because the body has a tendency to lose muscle mass during weight loss, especially rapid weight loss, and the only way to counteract that is to challenge the muscles with strength training.
Muscles are active tissues, which burn calories at rest, so losing muscle mass results in a lowered metabolic rate, making it harder to achieve and sustain weight loss.
Under-utilised muscles atrophy as we age, so over the long term, we lose the ability to do everyday tasks, and since muscles support the skeleton, we become more prone to trips and falls. But the good news is that muscle decline can be reversed, no matter how old you are when you start.
At Ladies Workout Express, our 30 minute workout combines cardiovascular work with a full-body strength routine. Our equipment is hydraulic, which means that it won’t build muscle size, just tone and strengthen, and it’s also suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Done 2-3 times a week, you will soon start to notice a difference in your strength and shape!