Why Women Should Weight Lift

Go to any gym pretty much anywhere in the country and you'll notice that most women avoid the weight room. They typically stick to the steppers, treadmills and stationary bikes. Research published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests that they have much to gain along with something to lose by working resistance exercises into their routine.

Scientists recruited a group of healthy active females and had them perform either 25 minutes of bench step aerobics, 40 minutes of bench step aerobics or a combination of bench step aerobics and upper/lower body weight training. While all groups improved all measures of fitness, the cardio/resistance combination group significantly improved in every benchmark measure.

The Bigger Picture: Imagine 32% more upper body power, increased strength and endurance along with enhanced overall fitness. These women realized improvements in all of these attributes without developing bulky muscles. Instead they ended the 12-week training program more toned and with less body fat. Seems like resistance training has a lot to offer – in terms of both gains and losses.
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