W E I G H T  L I F T I N G

If you’re like most women (or like me), you probably refrain from lifting weights because you’re terrified of getting “bulky.” Whenever I went to the gym I thought of weights as the “boy section” and I was more than content on my side of the gym. aka all things cardio. I thought my muscles would get HUGE and I’d look like those scary body building women on magazines. eep!

REALITY CHECK :: If you want that hour-glass figure you need weights in your life. Weights = lose fat + build muscle. Cardio = lose fat + lose muscle. If you want to push your body towards ACTUAL change, you need weights in your life.

Read onnnn..

1. Say HELLOOOO to a faster metabolism

Most women think that cardio is the best way to burn calories. Sure, cardio does burn calories, but how nice would it be to walk away from your workout and continue to burn calories?

SPOILER: That’s what you get with lifting weights. With cardio, once the workout is over, so is the calorie burn. Weight lifting builds more muscle, and the more muscle that you have, the more calories you will burn throughout the day { because muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does. }

2. Walking Confidently :: say NO to lanky limbs 

Having a stronger neck, back, and shoulders will help you stand up straight and look confident. Better posture preserves the spine and reduces lower back pain, too. Basically, you can't be a total #girlboss if you're body isn't strong and coordinated.

3. Bone Strength 

Lifting weights doesn’t only strengthen your muscles, but it also strengthens your bones. It increases bone density, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis. <-- serious issue, y'all.

TO MY GIRLS -- we are FOUR TIMES more likely to suffer from osteoporosis! So grab dem weights.

4.  BYEEE High Blood Pressure :: Healthy Heart <3

Lowering your blood pressure reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other heart conditions. Weight lifting means a longer and healthier life.

Still scared of looking manly???

YOU WILL NOT bulk up! The women who look that way are trying to obtain that look. I don’t even think I have enough time to achieve that look if I wanted to? But to reassure you, here are the few possible ways to get bulky:

  • You’re taking steroids
  • You’re taking testosterone or other hormones
  • You naturally have high levels of testosterone.. you would be aware of this already so don’t freak out and think THIS COULD BE MEEEEE.

Happy lifting :)