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How Women Can Benefit From Training With Weights

Many women consider weight training to be a masculine way of working out, however it can help many women to tone their bodies and achieve a more defined silhouette. In the past weight lifting was something that was carried out by men only; however the attitude has now changed when it comes to women wanting to use weights to help maintain a healthier lifestyle and achieve a more sculptured look.

Whilst I would not advise that women start lifting very heavy weights as this could result in large muscles and this is not really the look that women generally want. Basically women tend to want to firm their bodies and achieve a little definition therefore it would be more beneficial to use lighter weights. Women will only probably want to use dumbbells specifically for their arms and chest muscles and there are many now available on the market, that are aimed specifically at women or come in adjustable weights to allow for greater flexibility so that men and women can share their weights.

The fact that more women are now using weight training as part of their healthy lifestyle is helping to break down the barriers when it comes to weight lifting in gyms and health clubs, however if you are shy about how you train or you have time restrictions then weight training at home is also highly effective as the equipment generally used by women tend not to take up to much space and a set of dumbbells can be stored away.

Weight lifting will differ depending on the sex of the person and what their overall objectives are. For women they will probably require much lighter weights compared to men and also women may work different muscles. Whereas men will want to achieve greater muscle mass and larger biceps, typically women prefer to work on different muscles and do not wish to increase their size just their overall firmness.

Because of the different objectives of men and women this will also determine the amount and level of exercises they carry out. A woman may use weight lifting with adjustable dumbbells as a way to supplement their existing exercise regime whereas men may concentrate only on that of training with weights.

It is also worth noting that although weight training is generally thought of as a way to increase muscle mass or power it can also help in other areas. For instance it will increase endurance levels and will increase your overall fitness levels helping you to gain a healthier and slimmer you.

By: Patrick Fitz-Gibbon

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