So many girls think that lifting heavy weights will make you bulk up. This is not true! Even if you are already happy with your current workout routine, read this article and I think it might make you change your mind. So why should you lift heavy weights? Here are some reasons below!
You’ll Torch Body Fat
You probably think and have been told that cardio is the ultimate fat burner. Actually, this fat burning effect stops the minute you hop off the treadmill. If you build more muscle, you keep your body burning fat all day long. By adding just two sessions per week of heavy lifting, you can reduce your body fat by three percent! Cardio can actually cause you to lose muscle. Don’t you want to be toned? Weight lifting has been proven to lose more fat while the cardio queens lost a lot of muscle with some fat.
You’ll Look More Defined
After watching Miss USA, I can only guess that you have a crush on the super fit girls, right? If you want more definition, lift heavier weights because women cannot “get big” due to our low testosterone levels. So instead of bulking you up, lifting heavier weights is going to make you toned and more defined.
You’ll Burn More Calories
You may burn more calories during your cardio class than you would lifting weights for an hour, but a study showed that women who did weight training burned an average of 100 more calories during the 24 hours after their training session ended! This effect is magnified when you increase the weight. If you lift more weight for fewer reps, you can burn twice as many calories during the hours after your workout!
You’ll Build Strength Faster
When you lift lighter weights with more reps, it builds muscle endurance. But when you increase your weight load you build strength! If you add in compound exercises like squats, deadlifts, and rows to your heavy weights, you’ll be amazed at how fast you build strength!
You’ll Lose Belly Fat
Studies found that women who lifted weights lost more abdominal fat than those who just did cardio. This not only helps you lose your belly pooch and look better in swimsuit, but it also lessens your risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers.
You’ll Feel Empowered
You’re always told in pageantry, confidence is key! Lifting heavier weights and building strength as a result comes with a big self-esteem boost. Your strength will not only show in your lean, toned body, but also in your attitude.
If there aren’t enough reasons here as to why you should start to lift heavy weights then I don’t know what to tell you. Start lifting heavy and gain all of these benefits!