The truth about women and weightlifting.

Three truths about weightlifting women ought to know.

Most women find weightlifting impractical, ineffective for their fitness goals, and — perhaps most importantly — intimidating.

If this sounds familiar, then rest assured, many of the women I work with know exactly how you feel. They felt the same way before incorporating weightlifting into their fitness program.Now they cant get enough.

At Power Moves Fitness, we know you want to be proud of your physique. With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to at least entertain the idea of weightlifting and its benefits for your body?

Let’s face it, carrying unwanted body fat is not only unhealthy, but unattractive, and life is too damn short to not look and feel your best.

In this article, we’re going to discuss three truths you ought to know when it comes to women and weightlifting:

First Truth: Weightlifting Does Not Make You Bulky!

Second Truth: The Benefits Don’t Stop With Your Body!

Third Truth: When You Lift Weights, You Lift Other Women, Too!

First Truth: Weightlifting Does Not Make You Bulky!

This is far and away, the most frequent (and loudest) objection most women have to weightlifting. 

As an online fitness coach, if you want to get “bulky” then here’s how it works:

Use moderate weights for multiple sets at higher repetitions, (4–5 sets of 8–15 reps). WARNING: this is damn near torturous.

Pick one body part, (arms, legs, shoulders) per workout, use the above set and rep scheme till you can’t walk out of the gym.

It will take a long time to accomplish, so if you begin to “bulk” you’ll see it coming from a mile away.

Getting “bulky” is never the goal of the women I work with. Call me crazy, but I simply don’t write programs that aren’t in alignment with my clients’ goals.

Weightlifting doesn’t need to be a gruelling endeavour. In fact, it’s more often just the opposite. 

Here’s what a typical weightlifting session for my clients entails:

Squat or Deadlift — 5 sets of 3–5 reps at moderate-heavy weight.

Hip thrust — 4 sets of 6 reps each leg at low-moderate weight.

Push-ups — 3 sets of 8–10 reps.

Following a routine like the one above is great for:

Building some muscle, not a mountain of it.

Toning and sculpting arms, legs, and butt.

Turning heads at the gym.

Following a routine like the one above is great for:

Building some muscle, not a mountain of it.

Toning and sculpting arms, legs, and butt.

Turning heads at the gym.

Second Truth: The Benefits Don’t Stop With Your Body!

Ask yourself these three questions:

Do you wish had a better body?

Do you wish you were healthier so you could enjoy life more?

Would having a stronger, healthier, more functional body build your confidence?

If we’re being honest, we don’t want just a better body, do we? We want what having a better body brings with it, right? A renewed sense of confidence, and that is precisely what lifting weights can do for you.

But don’t take my word for it, here’s what my client Louisa Williams says about her weightlifting training : 

“The constant rhetoric of weight loss and ‘slim’ being the focus of what’s healthy is so unbelievably toxic, I’ve lost 5 kilos and its really not where I want to be. Weight lifting I think is one of the most empowering things a woman can do. To be in an incredibly masculine environment and proving to the world that you belong their feels so incredible. To be physically and mentally strong will have benefits that leak into every aspect of your life and it will help destroy any body dysmorphia a woman has” 

What I’ve noticed with the women I work with is that weightlifting has a compounding effect on their confidence:

When they learn a new skill, (kettlebell deadlift, trap bar deadlift, hip thrust, etc.) they instantly boost their confidence.

If they performed three reps at a given weight last week, but performed five reps at the same weight this week, their confidence builds even more.

Week after week of these “little wins” as I call them, result in becoming more confident and comfortable in their own skin. 

Which is a scary thing. Why? Because those are the types of women who go out and change the world.

Third Truth: When You Lift Weights, You Lift Other Women, Too!

Can we be real for a moment? Weightlifting isn’t gender exclusive. It isn’t just for men.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Ghandi

I’m willing to bet, if a woman who’s new to fitness sees you lifting weights on Instagram or in-person at the gym, she’s probably going to be intimidated by you. That’s just a fact.

But here’s another fact: it doesn’t have to be that way. You can become a beacon of inspiration for her by being living proof of what she too can accomplish. How? Because you will know exactly how she feels.

You felt the same way when you were in her shoes, and you can show her what you’ve found. Which results in a beautiful ripple effect, because she’ll go out and do the same. And the women she meets will do the same, and so on.

Wrapping Up.

Weightlifting shouldn’t feel impractical, ineffective, or intimidating. It ought to be a simple, fun, and rewarding experience on your fitness journey.

To recap:

Weights on their own won’t make you bulky — it all comes down to how they’re programmed. If programmed properly, they will, however, make you stronger, more functionally fit, and dare I say…sexy?

Lifting weights not only benefits your body, but your confidence, which results in a compounding effect for both.

When women see you achieving your dream body and fitness goals with weightlifting, you become a beacon of hope and inspiration for them.

If you’re stuck in your fitness journey and want to incorporate weightlifting into your program but don’t know how, then doesn’t it make sense to take a few minutes to see if we can help?

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