Gaining muscle can be a scary proposition for some women. They worry they will gain too much bulk.
Or hell they may have heard a man say a muscular woman looks manly. A couple pounds of muscle is not going to make much of a difference in a woman’s overall look. And if said man thinks some extra muscle is going to make you manly…he probably needs to head to the gym and pack on a few pounds himself.
Anyways, a little muscle never hurt anyone. In fact it could only help. My goal here today isn’t to talk about how strength training won’t make you manly. Hopefully I can give you a few reasons to reconsider how you are training and to try to build some muscle.
Muscle demands calories
I’m sure we have all heard “muscle burns more than fat” and this is true, well kind of. The body burns more calories to maintain a pound of muscle as compared to a pound of fat. Therefore the more muscle you can build the more calories you are going to burn per day.
Basically, building muscle increases your metabolism and helps you change your body composition. Look at bodybuilders and how much the eat. They can eat upwards of 5,000 calories per day (depending on how big they are) and their bodyweight not change. Some may even be able to get leaner when eating this much.
So ladies, want to lose some body fat and get leaner? Building some muscle will help make things a little easier for you.
Oh and one more thing, you won’t feel so guilty that cheat meal every once in a while.
Muscle makes you better at life
An increase in muscle can lead to an increase in performance. In easier terms, a bigger muscle is a stronger muscle.
Want to do a pull-up? You may want to build some muscle
Want to be able to run faster? Bigger, stronger muscles won’t hurt.
Want to be able to defend yourself? Some extra muscle may mean the difference between life and death.
Okay that last one may have been a little extreme but I think you get the point. More muscle helps make you better at life.
Wanna know one way to live longer?
You guessed it! Increase your muscle mass. It was shown in a study done by Umea University in Sweden that a high level of lean body mass can be attributed to living longer.
Guess what another marker of longevity is? You guessed it! Strength! The stronger you are the more resilient your body is to stress and injury, making it much harder to kill you.
And want to know how to get stronger? I think you get the picture by now.
MY CALL TO ACTION!
Ladies, the first step to happiness for many of you reading this would be hide the scale…because you can look vastly different at the same weight. Some people get discouraged when they begin to workout because the scale may not go down as quickly as you think it should.
Instead of worrying about a number on the scale here is a list of better metrics to use:
- Needing smaller clothing styles
- Leaner body composition
- Lifting more weight
- Feeling better
- And just being even more badass
SO GO PICK UP SOME HEAVY SH!T