Remarkable Women’s Health & Fitness September 2019

Remarkable Women’s Health & Fitness September 2019 150 150 The Flyer Magazine
Carla De Nijs

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Lifting weights results in you being more toned, firm and strong!

Lifting weights for weight loss

When you hear the word “weightlifting” what is the first thing that comes to your mind?

A lot of people may relate weightlifting with being bulky, looking like a body builder, looking muscular and so on. Let me address this from a woman’s point of view. “Fear of bulk” is one of the biggest myths surrounding females and it makes me sad in a way because it’s purely lack of knowledge. Putting on muscle mass doesn’t mean looking like a bodybuilder. It just means being more toned, firm and strong!

Last month our personal trainers ran an awesome workshop about weightlifting at the gym to educate our members about weightlifting and its benefits, and I thought it would be a good idea to share a bit with you guys.

When it comes to weightlifting for weight loss, it is important to clarify a few things. First, you will not get BIG from lifting weights. You get “big” from over consumption of calories, which can be converted into fat or muscle, based on the types of foods you eat and the exercise you do. Second, you can lift more than you think—and you should (with the help of a spotter or personal trainer, if necessary). Lastly weight training is more effective than cardio at building muscle, and muscle burns more calories at rest than some other tissues, including fat.

We preach about weight training to lose weight for numerous reasons, but the main one is simple – it utilises more muscle groups than any other exercise. More muscle groups used means more potential to lift heavier weights. The interesting part is that heavier weights require more energy to lift, thus burn more energy/calories.

Apart from assisting with weight loss, lifting weights provides many benefits. It helps you tone your muscles up and decreases your risk of injury. It increases bone density, improves brain function, improves coordination, improves elasticity of joints, and it can help you look leaner and feel strong.

And let’s face it life is EASIER when you’re strong: 

Carrying groceries? One trip.

Children to carry? No problem.

Car stuck in the snow? Push it out with ease (OK, maybe not by yourself).

Feel like a badass? YUP!

Now you may be wondering, where to start?

Despite its many benefits, the weights room can be an intimidating place for some people. If you’re a beginner worried about stepping up to the free weights, barbells etc. start with the resistance machines. They can help you get familiar with which muscles you’re working. Alternatively get yourself a personal trainer, laying down a good foundation by learning proper technique will help you progress quicker.

And remember the key really is to keep things simple. There are many weight training exercises that can help you lose weight. Start small, be consistent, eat according to your goals and you are going to get great weight-loss results!

Carla Xx