Many ladies attend the gym regularly, workout, and lose weight. But many ladies have a fear of resistance training and lifting weights in general, because they are afraid of gaining muscle.
I have heard many women say that they only do cardio because they "don’t want to start to look like a man." They refuse to lift a single weight over 3 lbs, because they think their bodies will "bulk up."
The truth is - muscle isn’t just for men, and just because you lift weights, you will not become bulky or turn into a man.
Women have different bodes than men, which means women will react to weight training differently.
First, men’s bodies contain a higher amount of muscle-building hormones -- nearly 20% more testosterone. That is why men tend to react to working out just a bit more quickly. Also, muscle tone looks differently on women than it does on men!
There are many benefits to working out with weights and building muscle.
Basically women have the opportunity to turn their fatty areas into more lean areas.
Have you ever wondered why you might have a friend who weighs the same as you but wears two sizes bigger? It is probably because she has a higher body fat and less muscle tissue.
People always say, "Muscle weighs more than fat," which is true, but that needs to be explained a little bit more clearly.
If you take a pound of muscle and a pound of fat and compare their sizes, you will notice the pound of muscle is much smaller.
Then if you take two women who are both size 8 -- but one is muscular and the other is not -- the muscular woman will weigh more. The muscular woman will also gain all the benefits of having more muscle and lower body fat.
I’ve had great experiences with strength training and so have my clients. Now, the ladies I train enjoy resistance training, as they continue to experience great results with toned muscles and lowered body fat.
This is one of the reasons why boot camp workouts are so popular: In boot camp, you do a combination of resistance training and cardio training, so you get the best of both worlds – burning fat and building lean muscle. You’ll definitely notice areas of your body that had been "fatty" will become toned and more athletic-looking.
So remember - muscle on women is a good thing!
Your body will burn calories and fat more effectively, you will have less "cottage cheese" and you will feel good too!
Jaylin Allen is a local fitness expert in San Diego, known for getting her clients in shape in record time through her popular "Boot Camps for Women" and "Zumba" classes. For more information about Jaylin, fitness, or her classes, be sure to check out Bootique Fitness or call (619) 602-8087.