There has been an increase in the number of women hitting the free weights area in the last few years both on their own and with a personal trainer but there is still a large number of women scared to enter. Here are a few reasons as to why you should get off that cross trainer and start lifting some weights!

1. Decrease Body Fat
Resistance training builds muscle and as you gain lean muscle your metabolism increases which results in burning more calories.
2. Reduced Risk of Osteoporosis
Resistance training will strengthen your bones by increasing bone density, which reduces the risk of fractures and broken bones. Studies have shown a direct and positive relationship between the effects of resistance training and bone density.
3. Reduce Risk of Injury
Resistance training also increases the strength in connective tissues and joints. Strong joints, ligaments and tendons are important to prevent injury. Strengthening muscles and connective tissue will make injury from daily tasks and routine exercise less likely, and can therefore improve sports performance.
4. Burn More Calories
Weight training has been proven to raise your metabolism for up to 24 hours after a workout. The more intense the workout the more calories are burned.IMG_3485
5. Improve Posture and Reduce Back Pain
Resistance training will help strengthen your back and core which will help improve your posture and with the right guidance from a personal trainer or coach can help lower back pain.
6. Gain a Lean Physique without Bulk
Lots of women are afraid of using weights in the gym for fear of getting too muscular or bulky. Women generally have too much estrogen to get big. So, you can feel strong and still look feminine!
7. Feel Good Factor
Exercise and weight-training release endorphins, the happy hormone.. It is proven that an increased in endorphins helps reduce stress and anxiety. As well as feeling empowered!

So what’s stopping you?! If you would like to find out more about strength training or for an introductory personal training pack with me here at OPUK Richmond, then get in touch on 01748 889393 or [email protected]

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Katie Stevens
Senior Coach, OPUK
@kjspt