Should women avoid lifting heavy weights?

December 14th, 2012 by louisbeare

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There is a common misconception among our population that if a woman lifts weights that are heavy she will bulk up with huge muscles and lose her figure.  That is simply not the case. Men who “get huge” put in countless hours of work at the gym, stick to a rigorous nutrition plan and optimise their hormonal levels with supplements. For the most part, women do not have the hormones necessary to put on massive amounts of muscle.  In fact, women have around 20 times less testosterone then men.

Most women want to become “toned”. They think that doing a high volume of reps with a low weight is the path to follow to becoming toned. You need to have muscle to be toned, and to create muscle you must train them hard, and train them heavy. A stronger, harder muscle is what will give you that toned look you desire, not to mention a higher calorie burn throughout the day and an improved immune system.

Now this doesn’t mean you need to go and grab the 100 lb dumbbells and try to put them over your head. What’s heavy is totally dependent on you. To find what weight is best for you, find a weight that brings you to failure somewhere between 8 and 14 reps.  Always warm up in the plane of motion you are going to putting your body through and gradually work up to the weights that are right for you.

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