by Lauren Tickner
Women these days seem to be scared to set foot in the weights section of the gym. They fear the bulky shape that lifting these weights will give them, the stares from the sweaty men and the, and all the nails that they are going to break while sculpting their bodies. However, I have news for you. Good things will happen when you start to lift heavy weights… all of which will lead to you feeling much more confident about your body.
Now, when I say heavy… I don’t mean lunging while holding the 8kg dumbbells in each hand.
I mean much heavier.
I’m talking squatting 100kg (which I finally achieved today! Yay), bench pressing 50kg, and doubling the weight of those 8kgs and lunging with 16s.
But… what if you break a nail?!
I have some better questions for you... What if you’re finally able to wear that skin tight LBD with your long, shapely legs catching the eye of everyone who walks past you? And what if you finally feel happy about your body?
Weight lifting will shape your body. You’ll be able to torch fat off your body, get your bum more perky and your arms less flabby. You will no longer need to spend hours upon hours of your life riding that cross-trainer, and will have a much more enjoyable outlook on exercise.
-BUT Lauren, cardio is the best way to lose weight! My cousin’s best friend’s sister’s mum is a personal trainer apparently she said that the cross trainer is the best way for me to ‘tone up’.
There is no such thing as toning up. Toning up = losing fat and/or gaining muscle.
Yes, you burn more calories DURING cardio than you do during a weights session, but the ‘afterburn’ of weight lifting burns much more calories.
Lifting heavy weights will boost your metabolism making your body a calorie burning machine. When you have more lean muscle mass, you can burn more calories at rest than you would before you had this increased muscle mass. It is harder for the body to maintain muscle tissue than it is to maintain fat tissue, therefore the body needs more energy to make the muscle tissue stay. Don’t believe me? In a 2015 Harvard School of Public Health study of 10,500 adults, people who strength trained for 20 minutes a day gained less belly fat over a period of 12 years compared to cardio bunnies.