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THE BENEFITS OF WEIGHT TRAINING FOR WOMEN

Women lifting a barbell at Leo Gym Marlow's Wonder Women Class

Strength training, also known as resistance training, is a powerful tool for enhancing health and well-being. Yet, many women feel hesitant about lifting weights.


Entering a gym can be intimidating, particularly if you're unfamiliar with the equipment and exercises. Many women fear they'll look out of place or even get injured. Others worry that lifting weights might make them look bulky. However, understanding the basics of strength training can help alleviate these concerns.



WHAT IS STRENGTH TRAINING?

Strength training involves any activity that helps to build muscle strength and endurance. This can range from lifting weights to using resistance bands or even body-weight exercises like push-ups and squats. Building muscle mass not only improves physical strength but also supports overall health.


THE BENEFITS OF STRENGTH TRAINING


YOU'LL FEEL GREAT AND HAVE MORE ENERGY!

Lifting weights can significantly boost your confidence. Strength training helps release endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that act as natural mood lifters. Each time you lift a bit more, you'll experience a sense of accomplishment. At Leo, we celebrate these small wins. The supportive community of women around you will cheer you on, making your journey enjoyable and fulfilling.


HELPS TO LOSE FAT

Strength training is excellent for fat loss. It helps build muscle mass, and muscles are metabolically active, meaning they burn calories even at rest. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn, which helps in reducing body fat.


IMPROVES YOUR SLEEP

Better sleep is another fantastic benefit of strength training. Sleep is essential for muscle recovery. Lifting weights can improve the quality of your sleep by encouraging deeper and longer rest. This is partly because strength training boosts adenosine levels, a chemical that promotes drowsiness, helping you fall asleep more easily.


KEEPS MUSCLES AND BONES STRONG

As we age, we naturally lose muscle mass, a process that starts around the age of 30. Strength training helps counteract this loss by increasing muscle mass and bone density. Bone density refers to the amount of bone mineral in bone tissue, and increasing it can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, a condition where bones become weak and brittle.


Won’t lifting weights make me bulky?

A common misconception is that lifting weights will make women look bulky. In reality, strength training helps with muscle definition, not bulk. Building significant muscle mass requires lifting very heavy weights consistently, which is difficult to achieve without a dedicated effort. The many health benefits of strength training far outweigh any concerns about bulking up.

 

How Often Should You Lift Weights?

The NHS recommends incorporating strength training exercises into your routine at least two days a week. This frequency helps maintain muscle mass, enhance bone density, and reap the overall health benefits of resistance training.


JOIN OUR WONDER WOMAN CLASSES

We’re excited to reintroduce our new and improved Wonder Woman Sessions with our amazing coach KT! Join us three times a week at 10:30 AM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Spaces are limited to 6 people per session to keep it intimate and safe, so booking is essential. These sessions are designed to align with our hormonal cycles, taking our training to the next level by syncing with nature. We’ll be focusing on lifting weights with less cardio, all while supporting each other through the unique ups and downs women experience.

 

Book your spot now through the Leo app and let's lift together! Not a member? Contact us today and discuss our membership options!

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