Investing in a stronger body is something everyone should do. Why is physical strength so important? There are many reasons why a stronger body will help you to achieve your goals. Also, strength isn’t necessarily measured by how much weight you can lift. It has more to deal with how strong were you before, how have you improved, and what getting stronger means to your body. First, let’s dispel some myths about lifting weights and building strength.
The Myths of Strength Training
Myth #1: A woman who lifts weights will end up with a Butch body.
That’s just not true. Women don’t have as much testosterone as men do to build “huge” muscles. Do some women have bigger bone mass that may appear to hold more muscle? Sure. But that doesn’t mean that your body will morph into a man’s shape. Instead, women who lift weights put on lean muscle, which helps you be in shape, build endurance, and feel great. We are all categorized by one of three body types:
Ectomorph – skinny all the time
Mesomorph – athletic build
Endomorph – bigger
Myth #2: You have to lift heavy to build muscle.
Not necessarily true. Those who just start out lifting can get or gain muscle in simple body weight exercises because the body has not developed enough muscle yet.
Myth #3: Your strength stays with you once you build it up. You will always maintain your muscle.
Nope. Muscle will disappear once you stop lifting. We all wish we could get in shape and stay that way magically. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It is called the Law of Reversibility. Anything that you stop doing, your body will reverse the effects in about 2 weeks or so.
These are some big mental obstacles. So why is it worth the effort to build muscle and maintain that strength? You’ll get the following payoffs:
- Stronger bones – Lifting improves your bone health and delays osteoporosis.
- A toned body – Building muscle will give your body more shape and definition, unlike people with less muscle whose bodies appear flat
- Increased fat burning – Having more muscle will make you a fat burning machine. Muscles use fat as fuel during exercise.
- Improved performance in daily activities – A stronger body will make you more efficient and allow you to move with ease and less stress.
- Overall health – Having more muscle will help your body fight illness and disease better. You will be sick less often and rebound more quickly.
Now that you know some myths and benefits associated with a stronger body, are you ready to build a better version of yourself? Check out our Strength Training program, or contact us to learn more about it.