To Lift or Not to Lift?

 

I want to inspire people, I want someone to look at me and say ‘because of you I didn't give up!’

All of us want to feel strong, determined, and confident in everything we do: from fitting into jeans, to moving heavy furniture, to playing with kids, to dealing with a stressful career.

Being a Personal Trainer I get this question a lot.. ‘Will lifting make me bulky?’ and I cannot express enough that lifting will never make you bulky I promise you. I have been lifting for 7 nearly 8 years and I am a 6-8 in clothes .. no bulk here - lifting has actually make me fall in love with my body (and no, thats not being self obsessed!!!) Lifting has changed my life for the better, while literally saving my life from when I was in hospital at 19 years old and now it is part of my life for always. Why do I love it so?

  • It makes me feel strong and powerful
  • For the after feeling, the buzz (and the shaky arms and legs) and for the DOMS!
  • Makes me feel happy, clears my mind
  • When you start seeing results both physically and hitting PBs
  • ME TIME!
  • it's made me love my body NOT criticise or compare it
  • I've met some of my best most genuine friends through fitness and training
  • it's now part of my lifestyle, my routines and of course for my health
  • Keeps me focussed and disciplined
  • Inspires me to improve and challenge myself while helping me overcome obstacles
  • It has made me independent and confident and improved my self esteem
  • Stress relief 

If the isn't enough of a reason to give it a whirl then I hope I can convince you by giving you another 8 reasons why us girls should be lifting alongside the guys (and showing the men how it is done).

  1. More effective fat loss
    Yes, Ive said it.. its the truth! I realise the image we all get is biceps in tight shirts when it comes to lifting but think again. Weight training has sooo many advantages and big one being your body’s ability to burn fat during a lifting session and actually comes out on top of cardio! of course they both have their place and I enjoy both and do both to keep my lungs in order!  The reason being that after a heavy strength session, you continue to consume additional oxygen (EPOC) and when your body uses more oxygen, it requires more caloric expenditure and increases your metabolic rate so increasing fat burning!
  2. Quality of sleep!
    Strength training greatly improves sleep quality, aiding in your ability to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake less often during the night. Simples!
  3. More Muscle, More Calorie Expenditure!
    By increasing your strength and lean muscle mass via strength training your body uses calories more effectively.
  4. Increased energy
    Resistance training increases your energy throughout the day because of the hormones released after training. The more you out it into your training sessions the better!! So go grab a barbell. 
  5. Stress relief
    It has been found that those who regularly strength train tend to manage stress better and experience fewer adverse reactions to stressful situations as those who do not exercise. So, Next time you need to blow off some steam, hit the weights. I know it helps me and actually usually when I hit PB’s - thats when I hit my 107.5kg Deadlift!
  6. Bone health
    As we get older, naturally we lose bone and muscle mass. Resistance training is an excellent way to combat loss of bone mass, and it decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
  7. Heart and lung health
    Throwing some weights around in an effective fashion can reduce your risk of heart disease and was approved as a healthy form of exercise for those at risk and improve your lung function and capacity as proved by yours truly!
  8. Confidence, happiness, and self love!
    Yes, i mentioned this earlier but i wanted to emphasis this again! It will make you feel confident, strong and powerful. It will make you happy with all those endorphins running around, especially when you realise you have lifted something you could 2 weeks ago. You will being to be proud and fall in love with the body you are sculpting and building and you will be constantly challenging yourself, pushing yourself and overcome obstacles while learning so much and you and your body! 

I am going to leave with you one of my favourite quotes by the man who has inspired so many, Arnold Schwarzenegger:

Training gives us an outlet suppressed energies, created by stress thus tones the spirit just as exercise trains the body!

Sophie xx