There has always been a stereotype with women lifting weights. Countless baseless arguments that state that women become muscular and bulky if they lift weights and lose their feminine structure or frame. These comments are quite common and fortunately completely untrue. Women benefit from weight training just like men do. In fact, lifting weights if anything, can improve your frame, tone you up just right and could even improve athleticism and strength levels. In this blog we’re going to discuss the benefits weight training has to offer for women. Here’s a few of them:

Helps Burn Fat

Cardio may help with weight loss but weight training melts fat faster. In a study by Penn State, 3 groups of dieters were observed. One did no exercise, one did only cardio or aerobics and the third group lifted weights as well as did cardio. It was found that all groups lost 10kgs on the scale whereas the lifters shed 2.5kg more fat than others. Reason being their weight loss was pure fat while non lifters lost both fat and muscle.

Improves Metabolism

After a strenuous weight training session, your muscles need energy to repair their fibres and the body tends to consume additional oxygen in the hours and even days that follow. This causes an increased caloric expenditure and an increased metabolic rate.

Improves Body Shape

Weight training can help create and maintain curves. Especially for a feminine frame, weight training can help increase muscle, tone the body and the body begins to take a nice hourglass form. Weight training can also help women keep their chests perky, especially after pregnancies by improving blood supply to their breasts and building up their underlying pectorals for a surgery free lifting effect.

Improves Bone Strength

Women tend to lose bone density at a higher pace than men, especially post menopause and are more prone to osteoporosis. Weight training over time can maintain bone density and elevate the blood levels of osteocalcin – a bone growth marker.

Improves Heart Health

Cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer of women globally, according to WHO. The great news is that weight training can protect you against it. Researchers from Michigan University found that individuals who did three sessions of weight training a week for 2 months decreased their diastolic blood pressure. This is sufficient to reduce the risk of a heart attack by 15 percent.

Makes You Happier

Finally, weight training can keep your mood light and make you happy. A study found that fit people have lower levels of stress hormones than lesser fit people. Researchers found that people who did three weight workouts a week for six months saw significant improvement on a scale measuring anger and overall mood.


Weight training is not going to make you bulky and muscular if you’re a woman. That would also depend on the diet you follow and the food you eat. Weight training has numerous benefits and these are just a few of them. Try it out yourself to reap the benefits of it.

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