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Why Resistance Training is a Great Form of Exercise for Women

By Darisse Kennedy on Nov 26, 2020 10:30:00 AM
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Resistance training is a great form of exercise for women. There are, however, a number of common misconceptions that many women have about resistance training. These misconceptions include: thinking that resistance training cannot help with weight loss, believing that resistance training will make you bulky, and thinking that resistance training is more of a guy thing. The reality is that resistance training is a way for you to sculpt the body that you want because it provides a number of unique benefits.

Helps prevent plateaus

A big problem with focusing all of your training efforts on cardio is the fact that this method can quickly lead to a plateau. Cardio can burn a lot of calories – especially when you just get started on your workout plan. This fact is why so many people look to cardio for weight loss results. The problem, however, is that your body can register the process of burning a large number of calories as a problem. Extended cardio sessions each day can signal to your body that it needs to start conserving calories. This process can actually slow down your metabolism and make it more difficult to lose weight. Your body registers resistance training differently. Resistance training triggers the growth response in your body. You tear down your muscle when you work out and your body responds by building it back up a little stronger. Resistance training can keep your progress moving forward by helping to prevent plateaus.

Increases metabolism

Cardio has the potential to slow down your metabolism in an effort to conserve energy. Resistance training, on the other hand, can increase your metabolism. As you build muscle, your body naturally starts to burn more calories while at rest. It simply requires more energy to fuel muscle. This is a great thing if your goals for working out are to lose weight and keep it off.

Reshapes physique

Resistance training can reshape your physique in ways that no other type of exercise can. With resistance training, you can lose fat and build muscle. Losing fat can have a drastic impact on the way your body looks. Building muscle is also an important part of changing the way your body looks. The process of building muscle will help you fine tune your physique so you get the aesthetics you desire. 

Does not require hours in the gym each day

Focusing on cardio for weight loss and body shaping can lead to a situation where you are spending a large amount of time in the gym or on the track each day. When faced with a plateau, many people who are focused on running assume the way to break through the plateau is with more cardio. This can lead to longer and longer workout sessions. Resistance training is a great form of exercise for women because it will not require you to continuously add more and more time to your workouts. Changing up your workout plan when you are focused on resistance training will help prevent your body from adapting without requiring you to be in the gym for too long.

Resistance training is not something that is reserved for men or people looking to bulk up. Women can experience a long list of benefits by focusing on resistance training. A quality resistance training program can help you reach all of your fitness goals including losing weight, building muscle, and reshaping your body. MAPS Fitness has a number of resistance training programs and bundles, including some that are designed specifically for women. Take a look at the options to find one that is a good fit for you.

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Darisse Kennedy

Darisse is a writer and educator who received her formal education in psychology and mental health counseling. Growing up, she was more of a bookworm than a gym rat, but she discovered strength training in adulthood. She learned the true value of strength training as she fought to lose the extra forty pounds that remained after having three kids. In the process, she discovered the significant impact that working out regularly had on her mood, mindset, and energy levels. Experiencing the benefits of exercise firsthand sparked her interest in the connection between movement and mental well-being – particularly in relation to women.

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