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If the idea of strength training fills you with nightmares of bulking up, looking too manly (ladies) or needing to be able to lift your body weight equivalent above your head (!), then we’re here to let you know five reasons not to be afraid of it…

1. IT WON’T MAKE YOU ‘BULK UP’

If your goal is to bulk up, then yes, you can do so by lifting weights – you stick to a certain rep range, lift within a weight percentage, change your diet specifically towards your goals of adding muscle mass and over a period of time will add “bulk” to your frame. But bulking up is not the only result lifting weights can bring.

Strength training will help muscles become stronger, not necessarily bigger. It will also help you burn more fat, making it easier to see the stronger muscles you are creating and gain a defined appearance.

Muscle is also denser than fat – so you’ll look slimmer at the same body weight with less fat and more muscle.

2. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIFT LIKE ARNIE

Strength training comes in the form of body weight strength exercises as well as weighted strength exercises, so you don’t need to be lifting significant amounts of weight to strength train.

This means strength training can be completed by novice exercises and athletes alike – start off with body weight or lightly weighted exercises and add weight as you become stronger and your body becomes accustomed to the exercise.

3. BURNS THE BIG CALORIES

Strength training can use big muscle groups to perform an exercise – and the bigger the muscle group working, the bigger the calorie burn from that exercise.

Also, strength training increases the amount of lean muscle in your body, which in turn increases your metabolism, which in turn expends more calories at rest.

Put the two together and the calorie expenditure sounds pretty good to us!

5 reasons not to be scared of strength training4. CREATES MUSCLE DEFINITION THAT CARDIO CAN’T

Strength training creates lean muscle mass, which can create the appearance of a strong, defined or ‘toned’ physic. Unfortunately you cannot gain the same appearance or lean muscle mass through cardio training.

5. PROMOTES HEALTHY JOINTS

Resistance training not only strengthens muscles, but ligaments too, increasing the health of joints by strengthening two things that hold them together. Through slow, controlled movements, resistance training has less impact on joints than some cardio exercises can have.