Who ever said women can’t participate in a man’s sport???????? Weightlifting is traditionally viewed as males only. Today, women are breaking these stereotypes —and getting stronger and healthier too.
According to personal trainer Robin Reichert, weightlifting has a number of benefits specifically for women. Lifting weights builds stronger bones, helping decrease the risk of osteoporosis (osteoporosis is more common in women as we age.) Weight training increases endurance, revitalizing those old, tired muscles and helping to avoid canes, walkers or wheelchairs.
The Mayo Clinic says, “Strength training is an important part of an overall fitness program.” They recommend strength training to: develop stronger bones, control your weight, reduce your risk of injury, boost your stamina, manage chronic conditions and sharpen your focus.
Keep in mind strength training doesn’t have to be done in the weight room at a gym. The Mayo Clinic gives the following options for weight training alternatives: use your body weight with push-ups, pull-ups, crunches and leg squats. You can also use resistance tubing, free weights and weight machines, in the comfort of your own home.
And women shouldn’t fear getting too bulky. Just because you strength train does not mean you will like look the female version of Hugh Jackman in Wolverine. Men have very different builds and they have more testosterone pumping through their system. Those two things alone affect the way male bodies respond to weight training.
Get your doctor’s approval before starting any exercise program, then allot time to weight train 2-3 times a week for 20-30 minutes. You can up your frequency when you feel ready —it may take a few weeks to build your stamina.
We have several weight training products designed to help women, including resistance cables, and our Women’s Pro gloves when using free weights or weight machines.
Tell us when you started strength training and about your results. One lucky reader will win a pair of Harbinger Women’s Pro gloves and a resistance cable.