It is important to be open to new experiences because you never know whether or not you will like something until you try it. Most women I train here in Kelowna have the same overall fitness goals, they would like to achieve and those top two goals are to “lose weight and tone up”. If you want to “lose weight” and “tone up,” strength training is probably the most effective mode of exercise to achieve that goal.
However, many women have fed into the ”myths” regarding strength training and now have not only fears but a major misconception of what strength training does to the human body. Unfortunately those women may never see any continuous positive changes in their fitness goals due to their resistance against resistance (training). As your Personal trainer, I will encourage you to try strength training and continue to coach you on how to properly apply the skills and techniques so you will experience the positive effects of strength training.
Here are some examples of the positive effect strength training can have on the female body:
- Improved aesthetic appearance
- Develop confidence and improved self-esteem— Which will help in many areas of your life whether it be pushing yourself to get that promotion at work or not having to think twice about trying on that sexy dress inside of a store you only dreamed of shopping in.
- Improved bone structures that help in increasing strength and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis—which is extremely important as we continue to age.
- Major improvements everyday functional and/or physical performance —having the ability and skills to participate in and really enjoy your favorite sports or recreational activities are fantastic ways to enhance your quality of life.
- Stronger connective tissue, which increase joint stability and help reduce the risk of injury
- Increase in lean body mass and and major reduction of body fat— Keep in mind ..especially if you are checking the scale regularly, muscle weighs more than fat so if your weight has not changed much on the scale but you have gone down 4 dress sizes then you know it is not fat,but only muscle.
- Increased resting metabolic rate (RMR) from the gain of lean muscle tissue, which can actually burn up to 5 to 7 calories per pound per day. The more muscle tissue gained, the larger number of calories will be burned while the body is at rest.