5 Important Facts About Weight Training that All Women Should Know
More and more women are taking on bodybuilding to get fit and look and feel great. Many women have concerns about getting too big or becoming a man when they start with weight training, but you control the way you build. If you want to get started with weight training, you need to know these 5 important facts:
1. Benefits of Weight Training
Weight training does more than just build muscle to bulk up. It has many benefits for women including the increase of metabolism, muscle definition and tone, more energy, and a lower fat percentage in the body.
2. ‘Getting Huge’ is a Myth
One of the biggest reasons why women are afraid to do weight training is the fear that they will ‘get huge’. This is an unnecessary fear, simply because women cannot naturally build as much as men. To build muscles and get huge, you need high levels of testosterone of which women do not have a lot. Women also tend to not eat enough calories to assemble the necessary muscle mass. Bottom line, it takes more than weight training to build the muscle mass that body builders have.
3. Weight Training Program
Women should not train the same way or with the same intensity as men. Our lower levels of testosterone mean that we will probably not be able to do as much or as many repetitions as men. This is not a sign of weakness, it is simple human physiology at work. Your body needs to get used to the new training and you will be able to increase the weight and repetitions as you get used to the exercise.
4. Cardio and Weight Training
Cardio is important for weight loss, but you should avoid overdoing it. Combine a healthy diet, weight training, and moderate cardio to get the best results for fat burning and toning.
5. Calorie Intake
Avoid lowering your calorie intake when you do weight training. To build muscle, your body needs a certain amount of calories and a lot of protein. Do some research on what the ideal eating plan would be for weight training to help you achieve your goals.
Keep these facts in mind before you start doing weight training to make sure you get the results you want.