This week I would like to share a post written by my good friend, client, and fellow fitness enthusiast Jordan Fabel. Jordan discusses the misconceptions that many women have surrounding weights, and why a fear of weightlifting can prevent some, from achieving the body, of their dreams.
“Today I’d love to talk to you about weightlifting. I think it’s fantastic, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t always think this way. It was only after A LOT of encouragement from Kathryn that I was finally coaxed into the weights room.
I had always felt highly intimidated by all the beefy men and the serious lack of women in there. But, three months after giving weightlifting a go, it has become something that I really enjoy and would like to practice and improve upon. Plus, it has so many benefits, particularly for us ladies!
If you’ll let me, I’d love to share with you just a few of the reasons why, you too, should give weightlifting a chance…
Why Is Weightlifting Important For Women?
As women, we will all eventually go through the menopause, or ‘the change’, which can cause a significant drop in our oestrogen levels.
Unfortunately for us, oestrogen is directly linked to bone mineral density meaning, as we go through the menopause, our oestrogen levels drop, and our bone density decreases with it.
This can mean that as we age, we become more susceptible to brittle bone conditions such as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis.
Osteoporosis is a disease that both my mother, and my partners mother, are currently experiencing despite only being in their early to mid 50’s. Weightlifting cannot prevent these conditions, but it may help to slow down their onset.
I believe that a huge fear for lot of women is that lifting weights will make them look ‘bulky’ or ‘manly’.
I too thought this way, but I was surprised to find that as women, no matter how hard we train, becoming ‘muscly’ is actually extremely difficult!
We cannot bulk as men can as we have significantly less testosterone than them, making it very difficult for us to achieve a muscular look. So please don’t stress! A few squats and deadlifts will not make you look like The Rock Duwaine Johnson.
Weightlifting will however, help towards achieving a more defined, toned look.
I appreciate that everyones personal preferences are different; I personally would like to look more muscular and strong, maybe along the lines of Jessica Ennis or Crossfitter Camille Leblanc-Bazinet; but it if that is too much for you, I am sure Beyonce’s bootylicious bod had help from, you guessed it, weightlifting.
Weightlifting empowers me.
It really gives me that girl power feeling, and I know that it is doing my body good.
I have a long way to go, but thanks to Kathryn my body looks and feels so much better and stronger for lifting weights, and I’m sure yours will too. So go on, feel empowered and give weightlifting a chance!”