Where are you on your fitness journey? Have you been struggling for a long while to get your weight on track? Or are you a yo-yo dieter or a New Year Resolutioner who gave up? Maybe you’re already in good shape and want to be in your best shape ever. Regardless of where we start, we all have the same goal and that’s to look and feel our best.
The problem is we may not have the best tools to get there, and on top of that, we make excuses that hold us back. Weight lifting for women can be the best tool to get to our fitness goals. It could seem intimidating at first but there is nothing better for both for your body and self confidence than lifting some weights.
I Don’t Want to Look Like A Man
Let’s get this one out of the way. Probably the most popular excuse for not weight lifting is the fear of looking like a man. Biologically, we are made differently, so the only way this can happen is if you take steroids.
Weight lifting is going to give you everything you want. Want that hourglass figure? Lift weights. Want that firm, round booty? Lift weights. Want arms and shoulders that are gonna look great in that tank top or dress? Lift weights.
Looking like a man is just never gonna to happen. So stop doing hours of cardio and pick up some weights!
But Everyone is Staring At Me
Sometimes we feel like everyone is watching because we feel out of place and uncomfortable. And then we project it on others who don’t really care. This is normal. Everyone has felt this at one point or another. And that means you know that this feeling will go away after some time. If it makes you feel any better, if you work out at a gym, chances are most people aren’t paying you any attention since they are caught up in their own workouts. And if they do stare, it’s for a split second.
But if you do feel that all eyes are on you and you can’t shake that feeling then own it. It could be that they aren’t use to many lady weight lifters. If so, be a pioneer and inspire other women to lift.
One day, you may even miss this feeling. It could be on the day that you set a new personal record but there was no one watching and celebrating with you.
But in the end, who cares if they stare? Embrace it, bring a friend and show them that weight lifting is for women!
I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
Well, yeah! If this is your first time doing something, chances are you have no idea what to do. And that’s okay! What would you do for anything else? You’d ask for help or do some research. The same applies to weight lifting.
Many gyms offer coaches with their memberships. They can show you how to use the equipment properly and give you some basic routines. A few internet searches can provide you with a routine as well as videos on how to do the exercise. Or you can ask other gym members. You’d be surprised how willing they are to help.
Educating yourself is the best way to get rid of this excuse.
But Is It Worth It?
This is the million dollar question and it’s one only you could answer.
You will burn more calories with cardio but it’s effects are short lived. Meanwhile, weight lifting may burn fewer calories during the workout but it creates lean muscle (remember the hourglass figure from earlier?). Lean muscle burns calories longer by increasing your resting metabolism. So the more you lift, the more lean muscle you build, and the more weight you can lose.
Besides that, do you know how amazing it feels to be able to lift heavy? Picture it, to be able to say yeah, I can deadlift my bodyweight or squat a hundred pounds. Or to be able to carry a load of laundry without being gassed. Or, my personal favorite, to be able to carry all the groceries in one trip. You feel like a boss, daily. And it feels amazing!
Personally, I feel like it’s worth it. From my own experience, my quality of life has improved since I started lifting. My body has never looked better and the self confidence gained has been unimaginable. Hopefully, you’ll see it’s worth it too.
Stop The Excuses!
I could probably go on forever with all the excuses about weight lifting for women. But I won’t. Because when I talk to other lady weight lifters, we all started the same way: scared, nervous, and unsure of ourselves. We started lifting and our excuses and worries went away. We have fallen in love with it.
Weight lifting for women, seems to be more than just about loosing weight. It is about rediscovering yourself, what you are capable of, and how you can overcome obstacles. It is a moment to be selfish and admire yourself. So stop the excuses and start lifting.