Biggest myths about weightlifting
Weightlifting, strength training, resistance training, lifting weight for women, using weight in your workouts however you want to call it, however, the benefits to both immediate and long-term health are the same.
Weight training is surrounded by myths, which often causes people to prefer to do other exercises to strengthen and shape their body; however, it is an activity that can improve your quality of life.
Before starting this kind of activity, we recommend that you approach a trainer at the club and talk to him/her about your goals and expectations for the use of weights. Now, be clear that there are many myths that you must dispel, for example, the following:
Myth #1: Weightlifting is for men
“The training with weights allows to develop a very good base for the body”, “and this applies to both men and women”.
Although men are the ones who most often monopolize the weight areas in gyms, it is not an exercise exclusive to them.
When menopause comes, we are more at risk of osteoporosis than men. Weight training is one of the best things a client can do to help increase bone density. Strong, healthy bones are essential for quality of life and healthy movement.
Myth #2: You will see results immediately.
Muscles need time, so you can’t expect to do an exercise and get results immediately.
It can give a mental health boost, too, experts say. It can help with your overall health and fend off chronic illness.
It is advisable to seek the advice of professionals to know the type of exercise that should be performed depending on your gender.
The essential thing is to stay motivated and have patience.
“The appearance is simply a consequence of the work and it is going to be that follow-up one week after another that will let you stay motivated when you don’t see much progress in front of the speculum.”
Myth #4: Weightlifting causes women to get bulky.
Fact, women don’t have enough testosterone to build big muscles. A total body weight training done consistently, will give you that “toned” and “defined” muscle definition and a more proportionate appearance.
In fact, it is more difficult for women to achieve the muscle volume of men, as they have considerably lower levels of the male sex hormone, testosterone, which is responsible for the increase in muscle volume.
Myth #5: Weight lifting stunts growth
Due to the observation that many weightlifters have a shorter than average height, many people have the misconception that weightlifting stunts or reduces stature development. However, science has proven that short stature is related to genetic inheritance.
So why are there so many shorter than average people in the sport? This is because short stature can be a mechanical advantage when lifting weights and holding balance. As in basketball practice, being taller than average is an advantage, however, the practice of the sport is not what makes them achieve that height.
Myth #6: weightlifting decreases agility and speed
Some people have the belief that weightlifting slows down speed and agility because of their musculature. In reality, high-performance athletes practicing agility sports such as gymnastics, track, and field, or boxing include weightlifting as an essential part of their training.
There are many fears or myths that can dissuade us from practicing any sport, therefore, we invite you to always, and whenever you have any doubts, approach a professional who can advise you and solve your concerns before discarding it completely.
Want to lose belly fat?
Weight training is actually an excellent way to lose the flab. Doing crunches won’t get rid of belly fat but regular weight training can help you build lean muscle mass. No need for spending time on the cardio machine, strength training is often the solution to the aesthetic look so many women chase.
If you want to reduce your belly fat and future-proof your body you need iron in your week as you do your diet. Muscle burns calories, even at rest. So, the more muscle gain you have, the more calories you will burn throughout the day.
NB: getting rid of your belly fat is mainly through nutrition
Training with weight has many benefits as you can read above. However, you want to gradually increase weight as your form improves.
It’s essential to have a specialized trainer guiding you throw each movement and being able to modify each exercise to your personal needs and level to introduce you to the activity without compromising your well-being and enjoying this exercise.
Weightlifting is a very good exercise but if you really want to do it right it is recommended that you do it with a certified professional if you are interested in one I recommend starting with me as your personal training coach.