Do you lift weights? Are you a fan of it? Are you trying to build large rock hard muscles in hopes of picking up just about anything and anyone? Well, if you are, that's great, but that's not what lifting weights are about, and it's not only intended for those individuals. Weight lifting is for everyone and anyone, you don't have to be a bodybuilder, powerlifting, or compete in strongman competitions to do so.
Whether you're Shane, who's aiming to be 250 LBS of muscle and consumes thousands of calories per day, slamming the dumbbells while he is screaming and graunting. Or your Melania who eats healthy and aims to get slightly stronger, look better, and feel better while staying consistent in the gym and work a full-time job than you should be lifting regardless because the benefits are incredible for both lifestyles and individuals.
If you are a female reading this, I know what your thinking. You're probably saying to yourself, " If I lift weights, I'll get big and bulky like a guy." I don't know where this myth came from or started, but whoever did, did an excellent job at promoting it. If you haven't heard already, let me be the one to tell you that if you lift weights 'YOU WILL NOT GET BIG AND BULKY" Now you are probably saying, "yeah, Chris, I heard it before" well now let me explain why.
You see, there's a hormone that guys produce more than females that plays a significant role in why guys look the way they do and why females look the way they do. Can you guess what that hormone is? It's "TESTOSTERONE." Typically Females don't produce as much testosterone as males, so it's a bit harder for them to build muscle. As for the females that do resemble a rock hard muscular shape, those are professional female bodybuilders who purposely do that. They train hard to look like that, and most of the time, they are taking some drugs to help them achieve that look. So now that you have a clear cut understanding, let's put this myth to bed.
Now you may be someone who doesn't go to the gym as of right now, but when you start, you should lift weights. You may be someone who wants to lose 20-30 LBS of body fat we'll great. You should be lifting weights. Or let's say you're someone who wants to have more energy during the day? That's awesome we'll let me show you how to get to the free weight room whenever you come workout because that's the place you should be when you arrive. Every goal you might have regarding fitness all goes in the direction of weight lifting and cardio. You may not think of it like that, but being able to carry the grocery bags home, picking up your child, going up the stairs, or even playing with your nieces and nephews all requires some strength and cardio to perform it. To some, it all up whatever goal you have when it comes to general fitness weightlifting is a crucial factor.
So I've already given you the "TALK" on incorporating strength training into your workout routine, but we are missing the best part, Why? We have to go over why lifting is essential, and that leads me to the benefits. Everyone that works out has a WHY and a BENEFIT as to what keeps them going and not giving up. Before we go into the benefits, I want you to take this time to think about why you workout and the benefits you get, Also the goals you have for working out. I want you to think about why that's a goal for you and what happens to your life when you achieve that goal.
Lastly, everyone and anyone can benefit from weightlifting. You don't have to be a bodybuilder, powerlifter or strongman to do so. Also, you don't have to want huge muscles or worry about losing your femininity as a female. You can still look fierce, confident, and sexy with some muscle definition. You and anyone you know can obtain so much from strength training, you may think your goals don't match up with it, but we all can become stronger versions of ourselves just for daily activities. Now that you know the benefits of lifting weights, I hope this article encourages you to start working out or if you're already working out, persuades you to incorporate it into your exercise program.
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Christopher Gilbert is a Personal Trainer based in New York City and is known for his effective nutrition and workout programs along with his intense training sessions.