“Absolutely Not!” but it will help you lose more weight and so much more. Now that we compared home gym vs CrossFit gym benefits, let’s dive into a myth that I hear all the time both from men and woman about lifting weights. The look of deer in headlights I get every time (especially from ladies) is priceless. Now-now ladies, men also give me the look but not as often as you. It seems the biggest fear for the women I have spoken to about lifting weights is the fear of bulking up. Let’s see if we can debunk this notion with a few fun facts.
We will just touch on a few important facts; will increase bone density, helps regulate insulin and lowers inflammation, improves posture, sleep, and energy, and boosts metabolism and increases fat loss.
Let’s start with increasing bone density. After you hit the 30-year age milestone in your life, you start to lose small percentages of bone density every year your alive. Resistance training (weightlifting) puts force on bones to stay thick and strong. Also note that women make up 80% of osteoporosis cases.
Insulin regulation comes from the fuel your body uses when lifting weights and that is glucose (sugar) which is in your blood which comes from most carbohydrates you eat. So, if you are burning higher amounts of sugar, your body will need to release less insulin to regulate your body’s sugar levels, which results in a better chance to fight off diabetes in many people, not to mention less inflammation in your muscles and tendons.
Improving posture, sleep, and energy is always something we are all looking to do. The stronger your muscles get from training the easier it is to help keep your posture upright. Who doesn’t slouch when driving, on the computer, walking, on the phone? I know I do at times, but with a stronger upper body and core, you’ll find yourself doing these less often. After a good weight training session, you’ll be looking to get to bed earlier and the more you sleep the more your body recovers. In turn, you’ll have more energy throughout the day.
Last but not least and the one you have all been waiting for; boost metabolism and INCREASE FAT LOSS. You will speed up your metabolism (the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy). In simpler terms, the faster your metabolism=>the more energy you use=> the more calories you burn = more weight loss. One other thing, you burn more calories when you have more muscle than fat because muscle burns more energy at rest than fat. In other words, hours after a good weight training session, your body is still capable of burning calories, we can’t say that about running or resistance training.
Hope this helps to put weightlifting on your to do list. If anything, you’ll be healthier and stronger for it. If you have never lifted weights or it’s been awhile since you have, reach out to us. We would love to help you in any way.