“I want to tone but I don’t want to bulk up”, “I don’t want to look like a man”, “I don’t want to lift heavy” are some of the things that I hear and have been hearing for over 20 years when it comes to any type of strength training for women.
There are many benefits to strength training, weight training, resistance training, sculpting, etc. Strength training boosts your metabolism, improves bone density, posture, protects the joints, elevates mood, increases endorphins, creates more independence and builds a stronger body.
When we break it down, weight training helps burn fat even when the body is at rest because by adding muscle, your resting metabolic rate (the number of calories you burn daily) increases which is a good thing which means even without trying too hard you will start to burn calories more efficiently. The more muscle added the greater the number of calories burned while the body is at rest.
As we get older, the onset of osteoporosis becomes a concern. One way to address that is to strength train. Postmenopausal women are prone to osteoporosis because of the drop in the levels of estrogen. Resistance training can