Women should stop avoiding weight lifting in the gym

Many women who hit the gym to improve their fitness make the mistake of associating weight lifting with gaining bulky muscles, and instead choose to avoid the area of the gym that is traditionally the male domain. Jean-Ann Marnoch, from the fitness industry website REP has urged women to give it a go, pointing out that weight lifting is an important part of a work out, whether you are training for a run, trying to lose weight or just improve your overall fitness.

Jean-Ann says that the common misconception is that you should only lift weights if you want to build muscles, but this is simply not the case. Lifting moderate to light weights for endurance gains (you should reach muscle exhaustion in 15 repetitions) has been shown to give improvements in muscle metabolic rate, in other words the rate at which your body burns calories. This means that even at rest, your body is a better fat burner, in addition to the improved tone to the look of your muscles.”

Britons waste £37 million a year on unused gym membership, with many growing frustrated as they fail to reach goals. However, if fully understood and utilised, lifting weights could help women up and down the country drop a dress size.

“Lifting weights also strengthens muscle and bone but does not mean you will instantly bulk up. Strengthening the bone is an important contribution to reducing the risk of osteoporosis or brittle bone disease. Lifting the right weights can dramatically improve the productivity of a workout regardless of your aim. Just make sure if you are receiving instruction or advice, you do so from a REPs approved instructor, who can ensure you safely and efficiently meet your goals.”

The number of women lifting weights could also dramatically increase considering the shifting ‘ideal body image’. With an abundance of ultra-fit, toned, sculpted Olympians gracing our screen last summer, a recent survey has seen Britons vote Jessica Ennis “best female body”, with 72% of women would now preferring more athletic figure.

REPs (the Register of Exercise Professionals) is the industry regulator for exercise  professionals, setting a benchmark for proficiency within the health industry. They ensure any registered professionals will be sufficiently qualified, ensuring public safety and confidence.