Twenty years ago, in the 1980s, it was very unusual for the “average” woman to be involved in weight training. Oh, there were such women, usually professional athletes who knew the benefits of it, but the “average” woman thought that weight training equated with body building, and that if she so much as lifted a weight or two she would end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
While it is possible for women to bulk up that way only body builders who want to compete, and take muscle building supplements and train three times a day to achieve that super hypertrophied look.
Today, the misunderstandings about the use of weight training for women have largely vanished and thousands of women around the world have embraced it. Indeed, practically every professional female athlete includes weight training in her regimen and needs to, of course if they want to be at the top of their game.
But weight training is not just for the professional athlete. Everyone can benefit from lifting weights. Think of it not as body building or even weight training but rather as body sculpting.
With weights, it is possible to target practically every part of your body to strengthen it and to turn flab into muscle. And, as an aside since muscles burn calories more efficiently than fat you can eat more and not put on weight.
There are two types of weights, free weights and machines. Typically, you find machines in YMCAs and gyms, and free weights in the home. Indeed, it is pretty easy to fit out an inexpensive home gym using free weights.
In order to set up a home gym, you will need:
As is the way of things, of course you have got multiple
Regardless of how much weight you eventually want to be able to press or lift at any given time you need as strong a bar as possible for safety’s sake.
Most home accidents happen when the plates you have put on either end of the ball fall off because they have not been properly secured, so make sure you get first class collars to use and always snug them up and make sure they are properly set.
Plates come in a variety of weights and you want a variety so that you can scale up the amount of weights you work with both for your legs and for your arms.
Then there are the dumbbells. Here again you have a choice. You can purchase or find at garage sales, dumbbells which are already made to a certain weight – from 1 pound upwards and typically in one pound increments. Or you can buy what look like miniature barbell bars and you put plates on them to achieve the weight you want.
The average woman will probably not need dumbbells much above fifteen pounds and will probably want to stick with the ten pound weights anyway. This is because there are two types of weight training, for strength and for endurance. The lighter the weight, the more reps you can do and thus, the more endurance you build.
As with any activity, if you lift weights incorrectly you can injure yourself so even if you are going to be working out at home and not at a gym, make sure you learn how to do each exercise correctly.