From increases in bone density, reduction in body fat, development in muscle strength, tone, improvement in self-esteem and decrease in sleep disorders. In this article I’ll look at how strength training benefits women. I started weight training at the age of seven and at that point in my life I had no idea of the real benefits of strength training for women, let alone what I was actually trying to achieve through using weights.
As the years progressed the importance of strength training has become evident, through my own understanding and learning, competing as an international competitive natural bodybuilder, training Olympic athletes and by becoming a qualified fitness professional.
Now over 15 years later, I don’t say this to impress you but to impress upon you. This article is my invitation to provide you with knowledge and the opportunity for you to make a decision that I truly believe will make a change in your life, not just for today but actually forever. This is my chance to make a connection with you and to remind you what you know is already possible through setting goals, taking action by making a decision to get unreasonable.
At this point you might be asking yourself, ‘What are you talking about Amazin?’ What I mean by getting unreasonable, is not accepting a life below your standards. We’ve all done it, gone on this diet and that diet, done aerobic classes till we are black and blue with results seemingly few and far between.
By getting unreasonable and making a decision about raising your standards about what you going to demand from yourself, what you’re going to expect from your training. We all have a larger purpose from our training. What’s yours? You are not going to find it by doing the same thing over and over again. You can find it by surrounding yourself with others who are dedicated to finding a higher level of well-being in their life.
By finding the best coaches in the field of fitness and by modeling yourself on those who have achieved a higher level of happiness and health by finding solutions to the challenges that you are currently dealing with now. To constantly grow through your training and not feel like you’ve hit that brick wall, you must be able to feel and see changes in your physique and be able to accomplish each little goal you set for yourself to achieve the desired results. My motto for you is to ‘Train to Change’. Resistance training is one of the best ways of drastically changing one’s body image.
Let’s see if I can convince you! Here’s what strength training can do for you.
1. Preserves muscle mass during weight-loss. According to a research study by the University of Michigan 25%-30% of weight that women lose through dieting alone is not fat but lean muscle tissue, bone and water.
2. Improves posture and balance. Those who used weights can increase their ability to balance by 14%. Stronger muscles are associated with neurological improvements.
3. Increases bone density and protects against osteoporosis. It has been found that women who strength train don’t lose bone density but actually increase it by over 3%.
4. Raises your metabolic rate so at rest you are burning higher calories, which will lead to decreases in body fat.
5. Used to rehabilitate muscles following injury.
6. Improves mood, self-esteem and alleviates sleeping difficulties. People, who exercise fall asleep quicker, sleep more deeply, awaken less often during the night and sleep longer.
7. Increases your energy levels. At Tufts University in the USA participants in a study found that those that strength trained where 27 % more active compared to those that became 25% less active through not training at all.
8. Develops muscular strength, speed and power. Those four bags of shopping will not seem so heavy anymore. You maybe asking yourself at this point but how long will it take before you start seeing results? It is well documented that strength training can make dramatic changes in your physical appearance within as little as two months. Through adapting a routine to cater to your own specifications and goals and by training correctly with the right supervision, weight training can work for you as it has for me over the years.
For further information on strength training please refer to my book ‘Total Strength Training for Women’ out now at all major book outlets and through the internet. Watch out for my 2nd book ‘Bodywise – Your Personal Trainer’ out later this year. Amazin can be contacted through: www.amazinlethi.com