99.9% of the time I am the only woman in the weight room. I walk in with my notebook, my weight lifting gloves, my headphones in my ears. I am there to lift weights, hard and as heavy as I can. On more than one occasion I have had guys come up to me and offer to help me lift something or “show me some moves.” I politely decline and continue all of my exercises.
Sunday morning after 30 minutes of hard cardio I headed towards the free weights and actually noticed that every guy in the area stopped and looked at me when I went up to the squat rack. I had an additional 60 pounds on the bar (total of 100 pounds I was squatting) and I honestly think one of the guys said holy sh*%. Made me feel good about myself! What better than a backwards compliment to make a list of why you lifting is so good.
With less than 20% of most women lifting weights more than once a week it is so important to get in the weight room. Just two 20-30 minutes weight sessions a week can make a huge impact!
Why YOU Should Be in the Weight Room
Reduce Overall Body Fat
Helps Boost Your Metabolism
You Lose Muscle as You Age, By Lifting Weight You Help Maintain Some of that Muscle
Women DO NOT Produce Enough Testosterone to Get “Bulky”
Muscles Are SEXY- Shapely legs, sleek arms and rounded shoulders? Yes Please!
I have been lifting weights for 10 years and have done a lot of programs, from creating my own to following a program. Looking for some program ideas? These all do a great job of explaining how to do each exercise and designing a program for you to follow.
New Rules of Lifting
New Rules of Lifting for Women
Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises
Check out You Tube Video’s for ideas on form and don’t be afraid to ask someone to spot you. You should see small increases in your weights each week, the last few reps should be hard to complete but still done with good form.