So many people still shy away from lifting weights, in their mind they see big guys or super muscly women and think, I don’t want to be like them. Sadly this is so far from the truth to what weight training can do for you. Let me set out some of the top benefits, then you can make up your own mind.
1.It’s great for fat loss
So many people still think they have to do a large amount of cardiovascular work to burn fat. While cardio definitely plays its part, weight training can also play a huge role in fat loss – not only during exercise but after it as well.
The truth is, the more muscle you have the more calories you burn each day. Every pound of muscle you have increases your metabolism, so having more muscle makes your body like a furnace for burning calories.
Cardiovascular exercise like running, cycling and spin classes don’t help you build muscle, so while you might burn lots of calories during the class, it stops there. When you do weight training, you build up your muscle mass and that increase in metabolism is a permanent change. And when I say muscle mass, I don’t mean big bulky muscles, I’m talking about that lean toned look.
2. It stops you losing muscle and bone mass
Harvard health reports as you get older, after age 30, you begin to lose as much as 3% to 5% muscle per decade. You literally start wasting away.
If you are losing muscle you are losing strength, which impacts the way you live your life.
I have met people in their 30s and 40s who struggle climbing their own stairs, and people in their 60s who need assistance getting in and out of a car. Surely you don’t want this.
That’s unless you do something about it, like weight training. By consistently weight training, not only can you prevent this wastage from happening but you can also build on it – increasing your strength and muscle tone and improving the quality of your life.
As you age, you are also at risk of a reduction in bone mass. Postmenopausal women are at a greater risk for osteoporosis (weak bones) because the body no longer secretes estrogen. Weight training is an amazing way to combat loss of bone mass, and it decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
3. You’ll sleep better
We all want better sleep, and getting enough good quality sleep is vital for our health. It’s not just the amount of sleep we get, but the quality as well. Many studies suggest the quality of your sleep is just as important as the length.
Strength training, like any exercise, reduces stress. Less stress means an improvement in sleep quality. Not only will you be able to fall asleep faster, you’ll sleep deeper and wake up less during the night.
I promise you, that feeling of muscle soreness after a weights session will get your body craving sleep and help switch off your busy brain.
4. It makes you strong
When you lift weights consistently, you get stronger in your workouts. One week you can squat 25kg and in a few weeks you can squat 45kg, that’s a major improvement.
What many people don’t really connect with is that you get stronger in all other areas of your life.
Carrying the shopping is child’s play, picking the kids up is no problem, housework is less tiring. You get on a plane and that tricky placement of your carry on luggage in the overhead locker is so much easier.
5. It makes you feel great about yourself
Getting stronger is an achievement in itself, you need to work consistently at it and it can be challenging. But like any achievement, it makes you feel good about yourself.
This never stops, the progressions are endless. There will always be something to work for. It might be a pull-up or press up or 50 sit-ups, achieving these things gives such a sense of accomplishment.
You’ll also notice changes in your body shape. You’ll look more toned, your arms and legs will have more definition, your waist will get smaller and your stomach flatter. Seeing these changes can feel great and can massively help improve your own confidence.
So there you have it, five reasons why weight training will hugely benefit your life.
If you’re unsure where to start, you’ve got three options:
Our Total Body classes focus on great technique, lifting to your own ability – at a weight that will challenge you but is safe. There is always a coach there to tell you what to do and ensure you’re doing it correctly.
Not yet a member? Join our 21 day trial and start your weight lifting journey in a non intimidating environment, with coaches who will support you from the start.
Our Transform Bootcamp includes two small group PT sessions per week. There’s a maximum of four people in each group so that you have dedicated time with one of our top coaches. If you want to achieve the best results in the shortest time, this is the way to do it.
Remember, you don’t have to be strong to start! It really doesn’t matter if you’ve never lifted weights before, the important thing is that you start. Read this interview with Jackie and find out how it’s benefited her.