Wednesday, 19 February 2014

My Two Hundred | Why Women Should Lift Weights.

Hello there lovely people, I hope you’ve grabbed a brew and are ready for a quick two hundred.

I thought I would chat a little about why it's important for us ladies specifically to incorporate weight training into our gym routine.
Weightlifting has so many benefits, particularly for younger women. Overloading your bones and muscles during weight training increases Bone Mineral Density (BMD). As ladies, we will all eventually go through the menopause at which point our oestrogen levels drop. Oestrogen is linked with BMD, meaning that when our oestrogen levels drop, our BMD does too, which can lead to nasties such as osteoarthritis. If our BMD is higher to begin with, from say, weight training, the drop isn't as severe, meaning that the progression of bone issues is slowed down.

Photo Credit
A perfect example of this is my lovely Mum. She's never lifted a weight in her life and at the age of 55 she is already really struggling with the effects of osteoarthritis, to the point that she struggles to even get out of bed in the morning :[
So ladies, I dare you to try it. Don't be intimidated, get out there and show the men how it's done! Your bones will thank you!
Do you weight train? Please share your thoughts and experiences!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

My Two Hundred | Intro to Lifting Weights.

Hello there lovely people, I hope you’ve grabbed a brew and are ready for a quick two hundred.
 
Today I thought I'd discuss something other than beauty that I really enjoy, lifting weights. As I mentioned in my 'Who Am I?' post, my boyf is a Strength & Conditioning coach and for the last few years he given me so much encouragement to come to the gym with him and weight train. I was sceptical and totally intimidated at first, but once I got into it I loved it. And bloody hell, it feels great to be able to lift more/squat better than some blokes! 

Me doing a 70kg deadlift.
I have to say, although I'm a bit hit and miss with the gym at the moment, the biggest changes I've noticed in my body haven't been gained from pounding the treadmill, they've been from lifting weights. My legs, large as they are, look firmer and stronger, my bum rounder and perter. I still have a long way to go, but I definitely believe that you don't need to do hours of cardio to get the body of your dreams.
Cracking front squat - Photo Credit.
 
I think I'm going to make this into a mini-series as there's so much more I have to say on this topic. Please feel free to share your thoughts! #weightliftingwednesday