More times than not when you hear the words: Female Power Lifting, you end up with an image in mind that isn’t so feminine. The huge, ripped, manly body type associated with female lifters is a thing of the past. Well, maybe not completely, but it isn’t a necessary look for someone who wants to lift weights as part of a strength training program in order to lose weight.
In fact, you can maintain a healthy, feminine look without becoming too huge if you do it correctly and there are even some pretty great health benefits involved; so don’t let the name and the stereotype get to you.
But, I Don’t Want To Be “Buff”
The great news is, you don’t have to get HUGE AND RIPPED to power lift. You can keep a feminine shape and still do the weight training you choose. If you’re not genetically prone to building lots of muscle, it takes a lot of work (and a lot of supplements) for a woman to be ‘beefy’.
You have to have a very strict routine that is targeted towards bulking up AND you have to work extra hard to have the calories and carbs that you will need to build muscles that big. An ordinary weight training and cardio program for a women will not get you looking bulky. You will build muscle to a degree, but more than likely it will be a toned look, not a huge sack of rocks look.
How Will Lifting Benefit Me?
You’re probably wondering how in the world power lifting is going to be of any benefit to you, a lady. But I promise it’s true, power lifting can be good for you. For one, it’s the fastest way to lose weight and best way to lose body fat.
One great thing is that it will help you meet your fitness goals, no matter what it may be. You’ll be using your entire body to build muscle, and as a result, burning fat. Of course it’s important to keep in mind however that muscle weighs more than fat so when you step on the scale and you see a higher number, don’t freak out; just take a look at how many inches you lost and take a moment to be amazed, and proud of yourself.
Power lifting also strengthens your bones, making your body less likely to get osteoporosis, an arthritic disease that causes pain and weakness of the bones, and it also means you will be less likely to injure yourself during other sports or athletic activities. Of course all of your skeletal muscles will be strengthened as well.
Thinking of Competing?
A question like this probably wouldn’t have come up if you looked 5-10 years back, but trust us, there seems to be an overwhelming amount of ‘moms’ generating publicity for going into power lifting competitions. The good news is if that you are that way inclined and you choose to do any kind of lifting competitions, it will be only against women. No men allowed. This is great because you won’t have to worry about all the stress that having men in the competition can cause. Free lifting competitions for women is a great way to build self-confidence. You’re not only showing yourself how strong you are and how much you’ve improved, but you’re participating in a healthy competition against other women who are just the same as you and on the same level.
There really isn’t a reason for women to shy away from power lifting, it’s completely healthy and is quite beneficial especially if you want to drop pounds quickly. The stigma with the name and the stereotype of the women who participate in it can make it pretty intimidating, but it’s extremely unnecessary.
Women can maintain their feminine figures, and enjoy the extra perk of losing inches and meeting their fitness goals. Look in to gyms in your area and find out about any free lifting sessions that they might have, it would be even better and probably not as intimidating if you could find it at a women’s only gym. Weight lifting isn’t just for the boys any more, ladies take heed.