Perception of Strength Training for Women

          Recently, a few of my female patients have expressed their concerns with going to the weight room. I wanted to write a blog this week on overcoming these thoughts and preconceived notions that the weight room is not a place for women. I also wanted to create a safe place to share my experience and encourage others to do the same. You are not alone with these thoughts! I would like to use my knowledge and experience to share some helpful tips on how women can overcome the habit of avoiding the weight room.

Strength Training

Common Things I’ve Heard

          Don’t get me wrong, the weight room can be intimidating! However, there are more benefits to weight training than just muscle building, including:  

  1. Improve overall muscle function
  2. Minimize injury
  3. Enhance your daily life
  4. Improve bone density
  5. Burn more calories
  6. Improve mental well-being
  7. Improve self-confidence. 

          In fact, the American Heart Association suggests weight training at least twice per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If we can face our preconceived notions head on and crush that inner voice telling us we don’t belong, our overall long-term health will be positively impacted. Now you are probably asking, “how do I overcome these thoughts?”

Here’s My Best Advice:

  1. Start with comfortable weights and increase 5-10 lbs. a week.
  2. If you’re nervous with the crowds at the gym, work out with weights at home first.
  1. Workout with a partner!
  1. Keep a log of your exercises.
  1. Lift with your head phones in.
  1. Remember, everyone is focused on their own workout, not yours!
Weight Room

          When in doubt, Competitive Edge is here to motivate you in reaching your goals. We can help you work through these challenges, enhance your fitness level, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. During the process, we will teach you proper form and technique, so you can be more confident at your next gym session. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out at 408-784-7167. 

What has your experience been? Comment Below! 

Happy lifting!

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