Undoubtedly, you’ve been exposed to myths about how women should or shouldn’t engage in strength training. Each of the following myths has deterred women from gaining the benefits of maintaining a great strength-training program.
Myth 1: If You Lift, You’ll Get Bulky
We’ve all heard about how the gorgeous Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t lift anything above 3 pounds during her workout routine. The idea is that she wants to maintain long, lean muscles instead of building bulk.
However, you can lift heavier weights without gaining bulky muscles. Lifting weights will make you feel strong and empowered as you build healthy muscles. Picking up heavier weights will help you to achieve a toned look because you’ll burn off the fat over your muscle.
Myth 2: Cardio Is Essential for Weight Loss
Although cardio can certainly be an effective tool for weight loss, it isn’t the only tool in your arsenal. If you don’t really enjoy cardio, you can use strength training to help you lose weight as well. Strength training causes your muscles to break down and rebuild, which requires your body to expend energy and burn calories.
Don’t forget that diet is actually the most important factor in weight loss. You may not be able to meet all of your weight loss goals solely through diet change, but adjusting your diet can cause a huge different in your weight.
Myth 3: The Perfect Plan Works For Everyone
Since everyone is unique, there’s really no way to predict how each new diet or workout plan will work for you. A plan that completely changes a friend’s life may not be very effective for you. Although this may sound disheartening, the point is that you have to try different options until you find a plan that works for you.
Myth 4: Strength Training Should Be Avoided By Older Women
Despite some fears that strength training could be dangerous for older women who have reached menopause, studies have shown that strength training can help these women to preserve their bone density and increase their muscle mass. In addition, strength training is known to improve symptoms related to arthritis, diabetes, depression, and back pain. That means that it’s more important than ever for older women to maintain a regular strength training routine!
Myth 5: Men and Women Can’t Follow the Same Training Routine
There really isn’t any need for women to be relegated to light weight dumbbell circuits while men complete intense strength training like squats, pull ups, and presses. When a woman performs the same exercises as a man, the man is going to gain bulk, but she can achieve an attractively toned look.
One of the main problems for women right now is the fact that most women don’t lift, so the few women who are brave enough to engage in intense strength training are seen as abnormal. Women should feel free to take advantage of all of the different strength training options that are available to men!
What other strength training myths have you heard? We look forward to hearing your feedback in the comments section!