One of the hesitations of a lot of women when it comes to doing resistance training or lifting any sort of heavy weights, is that they're concerned about bulking up and looking bulky. I just wanted to talk a little bit today about how that's not a very likely outcome, I guess, from doing resistance training.
And that resistance training is really important for women as well as for men, obviously, particularly as we get older and some of the effects that happen on the body as we age. So as we do get older with every decade, we will lose between 3 to 8% of our muscle mass.
So every ten years you're losing quite a lot of muscle. So what we need to be doing, even from young to middle age, is we want to be doing resistance training to counteract that loss of muscle mass.
You're very unlikely to bulk up a huge amount from doing a resistance based class. So if you are wanting to really build a lot of muscle people like bodybuilders and weightlifters, they need to do a lot of exercises where they're working with just about their maximum weight.
So they will have an extremely heavy weight and they can maybe do the exercise one, two or three times before they've reached the absolute limit. Whereas with our classes, we're working with slightly lower weights and doing more repetitions.
So while the weights are going to be more challenging than your 1 kilo dumbbells that you might be used to in barre, we are not going to the extreme where you're only going to be able to do five squats before you're exhausted.
So you'll choose a weight of 5 kilos, maybe 10 kilos for those of you who are stronger. And you're going to do between 20 and 40 repetitions of the exercise with some different variations in there. So while you will notice changes in your muscle tone and you will feel stronger, it is not going to be in an excessive way.
We're just simply not using heavy enough weights to induce those kind of changes. Another thing is that strength training is also a really good way to improve your cardiovascular fitness and improve your resting metabolic rate.
So as you're getting fitter and your metabolism is burning through more energy, the more muscle you have. That also helps to facilitate maintaining a healthy weight as well. So in fact, you might find there's a less bulky appearance as you're doing more strength exercise.
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