You don’t fear the dumbbells. You don’t shy away from the squat rack. You don’t shudder at the thought of callouses forming on your hands. You embrace the feeling of finally getting that open bench, locating that long sought after 25 pound dumbbell (seriously, why was it behind the vending machine? Is that were weight purgatory is?), and the look of fellow gym-goers when you easily pick up a 45-pound plate.
Because you’re a lady lifter. And that’s awesome. Here’s why:
- Unloading groceries never takes more than one trip.
- Your handshake is intimidating.
- That time you had to change your tire? Yeah, no problem at all.
- You’ve learned that muscle embraces your curves.
- You’re burning fat more effectively during and after your lifting session.
- The more muscles you have, the more calories your body uses – more efficiently.
- Your bones will be stronger – something women especially have to focus on with concerns like osteoporosis on the horizon.
- You don’t spend your time in the gym slaving away on the elliptical or treadmill.
- You can focus on gaining strength rather than losing weight.
- You realize the importance of ALL types of nutrients – carbs included – because you see the results in your strength.
- You not only see the changes in your body, but you feel them when you lift more weight.
- You get to surprise everyone at work when you’re doing just fine rearranging your office furniture all on your own.
- Your arm will no longer get tired when you spend way too long blow drying or straightening your hair.
- Your clothes fit better, no matter what the scale says. Sure, muscle weighs more than fat and you might even go up on that scale – but your body itself is denser and toned, thanks to muscle! (One pound of fat takes up around 18 percent more space than one pound of muscle – so get off the scale and simply look in the mirror to see your progress!)
- You start to realize your body is STRONG and POWERFUL, but you can still be dainty and feminine.
- You inspire other women to break out of their comfort zones and get to lifting!
What’s your favorite reason it’s so awesome to be a lady lifter?