Is Weight Training Right For You?
Weight training can help you to feel good about yourself and about your body. It’s the tool that I used to transform my own life, and I have seen this training style empower so many women all around the world!
When you make the decision to care for your body through exercise, you become powerful. The benefits of exercise are both physical and mental — through weight training, you can unlock the power within you as you discover that you CAN do whatever you set your mind to.
Why I love weight training
If you follow me on social media or you're part of the PWR Community, you know that I LOVE weight training. It has enabled me to turn my negative thinking into gratitude for my body and all it can do. I grew up buying into the idea that weight training was just for men, but I am SO grateful to have discovered it.
When you care for your body through exercise, you will find that you feel better as a whole!
So you can decide if weight training is right for you, here are some things to consider and some of the benefits that you can experience when you train this way.
What is weight training?
Weight training is a style of resistance training that uses free weights and gym machines to increase muscle strength and lean muscle. Before training with weights, it’s important to make sure that you warm up thoroughly, and prepare your body for the workout to come.
In my PWR program, you’ll find a warmup and activation exercises at the beginning of each workout, before you get to the weights section of the workout.
Benefits of weight training
Here are some of the reasons why YOU should try weight training!
It’s for everyone
Weight training can be right for you, whether you are young or old, no matter what your gender is or what country you live in — you can use weight training to keep your body healthy and strong!
It’s important to include some kind of strength training as well as your cardio for overall health and wellbeing. When you make weight training a part of your life — and it doesn’t have to be a huge part — you will improve your overall health over time.
If you’ve never picked up a weight before, don’t let this intimidate you! With my PWR program, you have everything you need to start with confidence. You can see the correct technique for every exercise, and I show you exactly what to do in each workout. You can even get started at home!
Build lean muscle and strength
When your muscles contract against the resistance of a weight, the strain placed on them stimulates an adaptation response in the muscle tissue. When you incorporate strength training consistently each week, over time you can increase lean muscle and strength.
As you increase lean muscle through weight training, you may notice that you start to see muscle definition and that your daily activities in your career, your family, and other areas of your life become a little easier.
Boost your metabolism
When you train with weights consistently, you’ll increase lean muscle. Lean muscle uses more energy at rest than other types of body tissue, so you’ll be burning more energy overall throughout the day.
My PWR workouts include both weights training and HIIT training, which also has an afterburn effect. By combining these two training styles, you can reach your fitness goals faster than if you were just walking on a treadmill.
Maintain bone density and muscle strength
This style of training not only keeps your muscles strong and healthy, but it also strengthens your tendons, ligaments, and joints. Strength training is particularly important for women to help you maintain bone density — eating a healthy diet to support your training is essential too.
Benefit from a strong body and mind
I say this all the time because it is true! The benefits of weight training go well beyond just your physical body — the mental and emotional benefits you get when you commit to caring for yourself through fitness are JUST as important, if not MORE important.
It’s about allowing yourself to feel your best every day
No matter which style of training you decide to use, I encourage you to always exercise as an act of self-care. It is imperative that you use exercise as a tool to enhance your life, not to punish yourself for something you may have eaten or to amplify any self-deprecating thoughts you may have.
Fitness is not a number, so forget about the scales and focus on doing the exercise that makes you feel best!
If you haven’t tried weight training before, I strongly encourage you to give it a go! When you try it for yourself, remember that results won’t happen overnight. Fitness doesn’t have to take over your life to be beneficial — just a few workouts each week will enhance every other aspect of your life!
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.