Top 3 Myths That Stop Women from Lifting Heavy Weights

Female bodybuilder working out with large dumbbellsDo you stick to the treadmill or typical cardio exercises to burn those excess pounds, and avoid lifting weights because you’re afraid of injuring yourself or worse, looking like The Hulk? But whether you’re looking to have that bikini body, look shapelier yet lean, or simply feel more powerful in and outside the gym, lifting weights could help. So stop believing these three strength training myths that prevent women from lifting heavy.

Myth #1: Lifting heavy weights equal bulking up

The truth is this is physiologically impossible. Why? Because it’s the testosterone, a key male hormone, that stimulates the “bulk,” and women just don’t have enough testosterone to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger or The Hulk for that matter, explains an experienced trainer from a popular personal training studio for women in Acton. Since muscle is more solid that fat, lifting weights would actually make your body shapelier and firmer.

Myth #2: Your muscles would turn into fat when you stop lifting weights

Simply false, because muscle and fat are two entirely different substances. What happens is that when you stop lifting weights, your muscles would gradually go away and your body would become less efficient at burning fat, which in turn would enable excess pounds, as fat, to creep back and take up residence in your body.

Myth #3: It’s dangerous for old ladies to lift weights

No one is too old to lift weights, provided that they’re generally healthy. A caveat though, if you have health conditions or issues, it’s best that you get clearance from your doctor. Beyond that, however, you could start lifting weights at any age and reap the benefits that would get you in the best shape of your life.

So step away from those super light dumbbells because the secret is out—you need to lift heavy weights to get that fitter and leaner body. When starting out with a weight training program, get help from a professional to help with proper form and prevent injury.

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