Some Strong Ladies!
Women lifting weights has been taboo in mainstream media for quite some time and I’m tired of it! Today I am going to talk about a couple reasons women should lift weights. There happens to be more to it than simply the way you look. Although, to me, a strong woman is way more impressive than a toned woman. Strength takes hard work and most of the women I know thrive on that idea. In my coaching professional life I have enjoyed coaching many women and am always impressed with their willingness to push through painful situations more so than most men do.
The first reason lifting weights is important for women is pure strength. In my Family growing up my mom was and is the most active person I know (although Meggie rivals her). She was always putting her body to work and no manual labor deterred her. She is strong and getting stronger while maintaining her feminine beauty. Her strength drove the family and I think we all have a great appreciation for what women can achieve and is one of the reasons I don’t like it when women are told that lifting weights is not for them.
Next, and a little more scientific, is what happens when we lift weights. there are a couple points in here so I will try to make sure and point them out clearly.
- Lifting weights builds muscles. This is good in the sense that muscles are more insulin sensitive than fat. This simply means that with more muscle mass, our body is able to process carbohydrates more efficiently by producing less insulin. This allows the body to store less fat and use more energy.
- Lifting weights strengthens bones and joints. There is a process in the body that is constantly happening and involves bones breaking down and rebuilding on a constant basis. Things like osteoporosis happen when there is no stimulus for the body to build new bone. Lifting weights creates that stimulus and causes your bones to get stronger and more dense. Since we use functional movement, it is built in a way that supports life outside the gym. For example, if you miss a step on your way out the door, you are less likely to break your ankle. You may spill your coffee but your bones should be safe.
- Stimulating muscle tissue (lifting weights) causes a hormonal response from the body. This hormonal response is androgenic or something that causes growth. The hormone released is called testosterone and is very important for women. Those of you that have been pregnant know the effects of elevated testosterone as it elevates in your second trimester and from what i hear this is when you start to feel more energetic and even more sexual. There is a reason men tend to be more sexually driven… Raising Testosterone tends to do good things in the normal female as it can help regulate mood and decrease symptoms related to your monthly cycle.
- Low testosterone levels in women correlate with low sex drive, especially in post menopausal women. After Menopause women tend to produce little or no testosterone in their ovaries and very small amounts in their adrenals.
Lastly and most importantly, you improve performance in all athletic areas. You are able to run faster and longer, jump higher, lift more weight over your head.
So, Ladies, come on in and throw some weight on the bar, its fun to be strong!!
Thursday S&C Workout:
Lat Medball Throws x8;
Heavy Sled push x1,
Rest 1 min