“Do I need to strength train?”

Women who are ready to start a fitness program always ask me:

“Do I need to do strength training?”

I love getting this question!

“Isn’t weightlifting dangerous? I don’t want to get injured,” they say.

Lifting weights with personal coaching from an experienced, qualified trainer isn’t dangerous and doesn’t get you injured.

Being weak is dangerous. Being weak gets you injured.

“I don’t want to get bulky.”

You won’t! Those bodybuilders you see on TV that do look bulky…well, there might be some pharmaceutical help going on there, plus the amount of chicken breast they is like nothing you’ve ever seen!

AND…women don’t have the same level of testosterone that men have, so don’t compare.

Besides, having more muscle increases your metabolism AND you use more energy, a.k.a. calories, during your workouts (you can actually eat more when you are lean!)

“I just want to lose weight … I don’t need to get strong.”

Resistance training at least 2-3 times a week is one of the first things I recommend to clients who want to lose weight and fat.

Why?

Because it’s scientifically proven to work!

Also, because relative strength is one of the most important indicators of health and longevity as we age.

Don’t get kidnapped by the Cardio Caravan that’s making endless, pointless loops around most gyms. Instead, seek out a trainer and program all that offers a safe, well-designed strength & conditioning program. You’ll be happier and healthier as a result.