I’m not sure where these misconceptions come from, but let’s take a moment to clear them up.
1) Only men that know how to lift are in the weight room! FALSE
Ladies don’t let the fellas keep you out the free weight room or make you feel uncomfortable about lifting weights. First thing to consider is many guys in the weight room actually know very little about correct form….I frequently see them lifting using momentum to lift weights that are too heavy for them. So don’t be intimidated as you learn to do something you are not familiar with.
2) Lifting weights will make you bulky; I just want to “tone.” FALSE
The body is made of 2 things…Muscle and Fat…so to say you want to “tone” means you want more muscle to show. You do that by making the muscle bigger and losing the fat that prevents the muscle from showing. Lifting weights is essential in that process. Muscle is metabolically active, burning more calories and helping to incinerate fat all day long!
3) I should lose weight before I start lifting. FALSE
Don’t you want to preserve the muscle you have while losing the majority of your weight through fat? When you lift, your overall weight loss may seem slower, but you will lose inches faster. For that reason alone, I don’t like scales and strongly discourage their use on a daily basis…I could rant about scales all day but I’ll save it for another time!
The main reason you want to start lifting weights is because it increases your metabolism which can aid in your weight loss goals.
Let us pause and salute weight training!
4) Lifting weights will make you masculine and look like a bodybuilder! FALSE
It is REALLY difficult for women to build the amount of muscles that a true “bodybuilder” has. It takes an extreme amount of discipline, an insane amount of training and a diet that is so specific that the average lady wouldn’t want to eat that much! Why? Simply put, women naturally produce far less testosterone than our male counterparts which is essential in building muscle mass. Women with those physiques have spent YEARS working to get there. Whether their physique is your cup of tea or not, respect the dedication of the athlete.
5) Lifting weights is for the young! FALSE
Studies show that people of all ages, from children to the elderly, benefit from strength training…don’t believe me? Read what the doctors have said about how it can fight Alzheimer’s and dementia.
If you decide to embark on this new frontier by including lifting weights into your workout plan, trust and believe that you will begin to get advice from every Tom, Dick and Harry about what you should and shouldn’t do. Remember to stick to the basics and science over “bro-science”. Hire a professional if need be and when all else fails, trust your gut!