3 Reasons to Ditch the Treadmill and Pick Up the Barbell (And none of them are about that number on the scale)Read Now
Exercise is great. The virtues of exercise are spread far and wide across the internet - helps with weight loss; decreases stress; improves your mood; improves blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood lipid levels; improves your sleep. The list of health benefits is long.
Thanks to CrossFit, weightlifting for women is slowly entering the mainstream, despite many women’s magazines still pushing “light” weights and high reps for a “toned” but not “muscular” look (which is impossible by the way. What do you think you’re toning?). There is a growing online community such as Girls Gone Strong and Girls Who Powerlift where you can find inspiration.
I believe that strength training is the most empowering way women can meet any and all of their health goals. Here’s why:
Weight training can be intimidating when you’re first getting started. Figuring out what equipment to use, how to use it, and how to lift safely can seem overwhelming. If you want to get started, but don’t know where to start, contact a local certified personal trainer (like me! Or your gym may have trainers available, ask at the front desk) to show you the ropes.
Taryn is a Los Angeles based Registered Dietitian who's passionate about helping you be your healthiest you.