Other than the showers, the weight room is probably the most sex-segregated place in any gym. The benefits of lifting and strength training are clear, yet the gender split persists: most of the gymgoers inside are men. So what’s keeping so many women from incorporating strength training into their fitness regimen, the way dudes do? Women shy away from because they are intimidated or afraid of becoming too bulky.
About getting ripped: it can’t happen without lots of testosterone, which the female body doesn’t have. So you can nix worrying about that. And as for getting over weight room intimidation, a trainer or gym staffer can show you the ropes. Still not convinced? Here are five reasons to nspire you to make the weight room truly coed.
1.You’ll torch tons more calories
Fact: strength training, whether via free weights or a machine, builds muscle. The more muscle mass you have, the higher your metabolism is—even when you’re just hanging out on the sofa. Higher metabolism means more calories burned after the workout is over!
2.Your confidence will get a kick
No wonder guys who train strut around showing off their muscles. The physical benefits of weight training appear within weeks of starting a program. You’ll notice that your shape is toned and tighter, and that fires up that self- esteem.
3.You’ll boost your cardio performance
Stronger muscles translate into more speed and endurance on the track, more power as you pedal, and a more efficient performance at any activity. Weight training also helps you blast past those plateaus that happen during cardio workouts—when you think you’ve reached your limit running or cycling, creating muscle mass gives you the edge you need.
4. You’ll strengthen your bones
You’re probably not worried about osteoporosis now—it’s a condition caused by bone loss that doesn’t typically begin to show up until you’re well past the half-century mark. Still, keeping your bones healthy and strong now will reduce your odds of developing osteoporosis later. And aside from consuming lots of calcium, one of the best ways is to weight train. Repetitive lifting helps build bone density,
5. You’ll see results almost instantly
Unlike cardio workouts like running, strength training reaps benefits almost immediately. Start strength training two times a week, and each week, you see incremental changes: you’ll get a little stronger, allowing you to do another set of reps or lift more weight. Seeing results so quickly makes you feel motivated and positive.