Strength training is really valuable for optimal health, but before we go any further it’s important to define what strength training is.
When women here “strength training”, a lot automatically thing of a loaded barbell and a lot of bulk. But the truth is there’s so much more to it than that, and it’s not all about the meat heads. Girls Gone Strong (where I have done a lot of my women’s health and coaching studies) uses resistance training and strength training interchangeably.
The reason being is that technically resistance training is training where the muscles work against some form of resistance (ie weights, and not just bands). Specific moves create demand on your muscles causing adaptation. The adaptation is your body getting stronger (can I get a hell yes for this!?)
So do you have to head to the gym, or have a full gym at home in order to strength train? Of course not! Resistance can be achieved with bands, dumbbells, or machines.
Having a good program is key, but you can get creative with equipment and location (I love outdoor workouts!)
Some of the benefits of this way of training can include:
- Increased muscle growth, strength, power, recovery, and endurance.
- Increased integrity of bone and connective tissues.
- Increased metabolism.
- Increased insulin sensitivity.
- Reduced rate of injury.
- Reduced lower back pain.
- Slowing of age-related declines like strength and bone loss.
- Prevention of osteoporosis.
Aside from the above, strength training has a psychological aspect in that is can be incredibly empowering because it shows us what our bodies are capable of, rather than keeping our focus on aesthetics.
I hear it every single day from pregnant clients and friends, postpartum women and women as the age “I wish I would’ve started this sooner”
I get it. Truthfully, so do I. Strength training makes me feel so much stronger, so much more confident, and so much more willing to step into my own power and take up space.
With consistency and enjoyment, strength training shifts from feeling like a chore, or a “should”, do an activity that gives you life!
If you’re looking for some quick, at home strength training workouts click HERE and download a free guide!