Women + Weights (why you should lift)

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 12:28 am by

Hi lovelies! Happy Monday (: Did y’all have a good weekend? I hope so!

Today I want to talk about a hot topic. Women + weights. I’ve talked about this before. But I keep getting questions about my lifting habits so I figured another post was due.

Women and Weights

What are the benefits of weight lifting?

  • It will increase your lean muscle mass, which in turn causes you to burn more calories throughout the day (the more lean muscle mass that you have the more calories that your body will burn doing day to day activities).
  • Resistance training (weight training) continues to burn fat POST workout whereas cardio does not.
  • It will help you build curves. Strength training helps build and maintain curves. Cardio can cause you to lose fat and muscle (bye curves) whereas strength training creates muscle and diminishes fat.
  • It’s going help you in every day life. You’ll be able to lift and move things on your own that you might not have been able to do before you started strength training.
  • Your confidence will go through the roof! You’ll love the way you look and feel from lifting…strong, healthy, and happy!

There are TONS more but we’ll leave it at that for now (;

Will lifting heavy weights make me bulky and/or manly?

NO NO and NO. I cringe when I hear this. Without the aid of supplements, women’s bodies aren’t created to look manly. The women who you are picturing in your head when you ask this question specifically trained to look the way that they do. That takes A LOT of time, dedication, and a very specific training program. Lifting heavy weights a few times per week is not going to have you waking up feeling like a man.

So should I just quit doing cardio?

Absolutely not. Especially if that’s what you love to do. Cardio is important for heart health – just make sure that you don’t focus on cardio alone. Incorporate some solid resistance training into your routine.

I lift heavy 3 days a week. Those are almost ALWAYS my 3 favorite workout days of the week. Lifting weights makes me feel confident, determined, and STRONG. I don’t feel manly or bulky.

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I love when I’m working with my clients and after they get done with a lift session they are so blown away by how sweaty they are/how much their heart rate got up. They think that the only way to “feel” like they worked out is by doing tons of cardio. NOPE!

I posted a lifting workout on my YouTube channel last week so make sure that you’re subscribed so that you don’t miss workouts when I post them (I don’t always link them to the blog).

Okay ladies, go lift something!

xo, Jess

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4 Comments

  • Lindsay says:

    My inspiration. You rock girl! 😉 I rock my quads and feel more confidant than ever because of your positive attitude. Xo

  • Janelle says:

    Hi Jess! Love your posts! How do you feel about programs like Body Pump? It’s not necessarily lifting heavy, but it’s lighter weight with more reps. Do you feel it is just as effective? Thanks!

    • Glisten Fit says:

      Hi! It just depends on your goals 🙂 light weight with high reps will typically build strength and “tone” your muscles but not necessarily grow your muscles. Hope this makes sense!

      xo, Jess

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