Hey Peeps, want to learn more about strength training for women? Here is a guest post from my friend Bryan Carlton over at Turbo Fitness Secrets. Check it out and leave me some comments to let me know what you thought of it.
Strength Training for Women
Strength training for women is a vital part of keeping a balanced exercise routine that include aerobic activity and flexibility exercises.
There are many strength training exercises that women can use at home or in the gym. The trick is not to learn really fancy exercises or use gadgets, but learning the proper form for each exercises and keeping it through every repetition.
Most people who utilize strength training in their workout routines, typically use two kinds of weights: free weights, including barbells, dumbbells, weights and weight machines. Free weights usually work a group of muscles at the same time; weight machines typically are designed to help you isolate and work out a specific muscle.
Most gyms or weight rooms set up their machines in what is called a circuit, or in specific group, of exercises that you can perform as a strength training routine.
As there are many different ways to do strength training, equipment to use which gives an overall benefit. No matter what the reason is for strength training, it is these benefits that we are trying to achieve.
The true benefits of strength training for women:
- Physical Activity: Whether you are strength training, trying to get into shape or simply wanting to lose weight. You need physical activity, to tone muscle, burn fat and increase your metabolic rate.
- Burns Fat: As mentioned above, and increase in strength training will help decrease your overall body fat percentage.
- Fun: Women love sports, and physical activity when they see the results.
- Balanced Physique: While every body type is different, whether it be skinny in the upper body and bulky in the legs, or vice versa. Strength training will help to balance your physique.
- Increase Strength: Whether it be for holding your kids, picking up grocery bags, doing house hold chores, will be made easier.
- Bone Density: Lifting weights will increase you well being and prevent your chances of getting osteoporosis.
- Social Interaction: Strength training at a gym, Yoga club or outside, allows you to interact with other people.
- Increased Blood Circulation: Helps to combat cellulite on thighs and glutes, thus giving you a toned and sexy physique.
[Walking on a treadmill can be a great way to get in better shape, but it shouldn't be the only form of exercise that you do. Some form of strength training or resistance training is going to help you lose fat much better than cardio alone.]
Now that you know the true benefits of strength training for women. You should learn how to do proper strength training. The simple answer is that it should be done in the same manner as men. The same exercises, sets, reps and the same programs. The only different is the amount of weight that you should be using.
In conclusion, strength training for women is a great way to improve strength, endurance and muscle tone. But remember to start slowly, use proper form, avoid heavy weights, and increase workouts gradually to prevent injury. In just a few short sessions a week you will really see the pay offs.
So the little time that is spent at a gym, Yoga club or fitness club, is a small price to pay for the overall benefits that strength training for women will bring!
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