Ladies that train

A large part of what I do on a daily basis is all about encouraging women to start strength training, I truly believe that by becoming capable at using their own body weight and lifting heavy, women can not only achieve their desired look but can also feel fantastic!

Strength training prompts ladies to set goals and when those have been reached there’s always a heavier weight to lift…personally I feel there’s only so long you can run on a treadmill for before boredom strikes. Why would anyone want to run continuously and never actually go anywhere…?

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But what is strength training?

Strength is defined as the ability to generate force against physical objects and to carry out work against resistance. Strength training is the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction to build strength and anaerobic endurance.

In our quest to make women stronger we hear of all sorts of reasons as to why girls should not partake in any form of training with weights. These range from “but I don’t want to look like the hulk” to “weights are intimidating and I don’t know what to do with them”.  Erin O’Connor (model) weight trains 3 times per week as does the Hulk – spot the similarities!!

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Women naturally have less of the hormones required for the type of muscle hypertrophy that will turn you into the hulk…if developing huge muscles was as easy as pressing a few weights above your head a few times a week and doing a few squats we’d all be body builders. The reality is that what you’re more likely to achieve is a toned sculpted look rather than bulging biceps (think more she-ra than he-man)!

As the amount of lean muscle a person has increases so does their basal metabolic rate (BMR). Put simply your BMR is the amount of energy you expend whilst at rest. The higher your BMR the more calories you’re burning whilst doing nothing. Sounds like a good deal to me!!

Other advantages include a decreased risk of osteoporosis as women age, an increase in self confidence and the use of training as an awesome stress reliever.

The Suzinator runs Wonder Woman Workshops once a month in Greenwich Park, a group of 20 ladies all come together to train hard, lift heavy and be pushed physically and mentally throughout the 3 hours. Women are coached through a variety of different exercises designed to develop strength and get them looking awesome.

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A large part of Wonder Women focuses on body weight movements pushing ladies to become capable at using their own body weight before adding additional weights into the equation. Women then walk away from the workshop having learnt basic fundamental moves that they can then incorporate into their own training.

Wonder Woman workshops focus on empowering ladies through strength training and bringing together a group of likeminded people to push each other to achieve their goals.

If you’d like to find out more information on Strength training for females or Wonder Woman Workshops please get in touch!!

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