If you know me, then you know I am a huge advocate of strength training and basically becoming as strong as humanly possible. So, I am a bit biased on this topic but it honestly saddens me when I see women who are afraid to lift anything too heavy.
The irony of this is that the type of physique a lot of women desire can only be achieved by lifting heavy weights. Now, I don’t mean becoming a powerlifter necessarily but lifting weights that challenge the body and force the muscles to adapt and grow. Lifting heavy and getting stronger will give you the lean, toned body you may have spent years chasing.
If you are feeling a little hesitant to hit the iron, let me share my personal story to strength.
A few years ago, I was constantly chasing fat loss. I was doing cardio seven days a week and doing only light, high rep weights. Yet, for all the work I was putting in, I didn’t have the physique that I wanted and this frustrated the hell out of me.
When I moved to Australia in December 2014, I started training calisthenics. I caught the bug and for the first time in my fitness life I only wanted to get stronger. I wanted to squat and deadlift heavy and do weighted pull-ups that put the guys to shame. Even though I still cared about my physique, it was no longer my primary goal or focus.
My diet go better as I started to work on no longer constantly restricting calories but started eating to grow and fuel my training. This was when the magic happened. All of a sudden I looked in the mirror and saw things I had never seen before. I had shoulders, and rounded glutes! All the things I wanted to change about my physique were finally changing, and it was all because I shifted focus to getting as strong as possible in both calisthenics and the barbell movements.
If you think that women shouldn’t lift heavy because it will make them too ‘bulky’ then that is your opinion. But that is an age old myth that finally just needs to die.Ladies, if you are tired of spinning your wheels, chasing your dream physique but never getting the results you want then it’s time to put down the baby dumbbells.
And men, if you have a lady in your life that wants to look leaner, fitter, more toned, whatever, encourage them to start lifting heavy and encourage them to get stronger.
Physical strength is more that just being able to do weighted pull ups or being able to deadlift three times your body weight. With it comes a feeling of empowerment and mental fortitude (it takes work to get strong). When your body is at it’s peak of physical strength, it’s hard not to feel confident in your own skin.