Put down those 5 pounds weights Ladies!

by Jenn FitzPatrick on March 12, 2012

In this day and age of health and fitness, women everywhere know the benefits of strength training. We all know that thrice weekly strength training sessiosn can improve our fat loss benefits, bone density, metabolism, and self-esteem. And I want to cheer all the women around the world who have stepped away from their mega-marathon cardio sessions and adopted this new way of thinking in the gym. You are on the right track!

But now I want to encourage you to take it one step further. Yes, ladies put down those 5 pound weights and instead pick up some heavier ones! That’s right, we are talking the 15 pounders, 20 pounders and even 25 pounders.

The very thought of this may be scaring some of you away and believe me I was in that same group a few years ago. I have been a religious gym-goer for years-namely since my 20′s. And believe me when I say I have tried it all from cardio classes to step to turbo kick-box, but the one thing I always shied away from was lifting heavier weights. Like many woman out there, I was under the impression that it would bulk me up too much.

I carried this belief with me for years and it took me a long time to change my mind about this myth. Quite honestly, I can’t really recall when the shift happened….I suppose it was a gradual one, but either way, it has changed the way I approach my fitness, my training, and the look of my body.

And now I am firm believer. I lift heavier weights and I like it. I notice a ton of benefits too. I am firmer, more toned, leaner, thinner and stronger. All plusses in my book.

For those of you who still need some convincing here are 5 more reasons why you should lift heavier during your workouts.

1. It promotes more calorie burning. The more muscle you have the more fat you burn.

2. It is a better use of your time at the gym. Or in the other words, you can more bang for buck.

3. It is measurable and easy to track your performance.

4. It makes you feel strong and confident.

5. You will have stronger bones.

And if you are still on the fence, I encourage you to do some research on your own.

In the meantime, be fit. :)

xoJenn {sheFITinc.}

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 deb roby
Twitter: debroby
March 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

May I had #6? And it’s an important one:

6. lifting heavy weights makes you younger. It keeps your genes from aging -hence keeping YOU from aging.

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2 Jenn FitzPatrick March 17, 2012 at 12:19 am

Love your addition to the list. Thanks and yes, to staying younger.

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3 Cari
Twitter: sheddingthelbs
March 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

How do you feel about girls using BIG weights for training. For example I will use 170+ weights for my legs in the abduction and adduction machines. I tend to get weird looks from other girls like it’s unnatural for me to be “pumping that much iron” but I can do 15+ reps with this weight.

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4 Jenn FitzPatrick March 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

I do the same Cari and I think it is great that you are using BIG weights! I am sure if the other girls would do the same if they could. Keep it up. :)

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5 Lisa Eirene
Twitter: lisaeirene
March 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Yes! Yes! Yes! Lifting heavier is so important. I’ve learned that lesson recently. I was stuck in a rut, not seeing the changes I was expecting and I realized I had to increase my weights. I was stuck in “comfortable” and needed to be challenging myself.

Girls worry too much about bulking up, That’s not going to happen unless they’re also doing supplements and eating like a body builder. :P

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6 Jenn FitzPatrick March 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

You are so right…no need to worry about bulking up. By the way, how is your new strength training routine going now?

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7 Lisa Eirene
Twitter: lisaeirene
March 23, 2012 at 3:02 pm

It’s going really well. My recovery time has improved SO MUCH. I love it.

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