Answer: Since I train women, this is a question I get asked all the time – and it’s one of my favorites because I have heard so many ridiculous answers. I cannot stress enough that lifting weights is just as beneficial for women as it is for men.
Why: The benefits of weight lifting, as it pertains to strengthening skeletal muscle and connective tissues, losing weight, offsetting the deterioration of the aging process, and preventing injury, cannot be praised enough in my opinion. However, the amount of weight you lift, the amount of time you rest between sets, the number of repetitions you do, and the weightlifting ideology that you follow (bodybuilding, powerlifting, cross-fit, etc.), all have to be balanced against your physical goals. The proper implementation of a weight-lifting program will allow you to systematically strengthen and tone your body safely and effectively without adding bulk.
For the record, muscle reacts the same way for women as it does for men when they both lift weights. Men just happen to have a lot more muscle as well as more male hormones that ensure their body grows when stimulated with weight lifting. So why do a small percentage of women seem more muscular than others? Genetics – the same genetics that determine whether some women are heavier, taller, shorter, etc than others. However, these women aside, I believe that the average woman can and should use weightlifting because when implemented correctly, it can be an extremely beneficial in helping them tone and lose weight. In addition, building muscles is important in keeping our metabolic rate high. The higher a person’s metabolic rate, and the more lean muscle they have, the thinner they are.