Fit for motherhood

It's time to change your preconceptions about weight training and learn why it is one of the most effective forms of training for women at every stage in our lives.

We’ll tackle some of the most frequently asked questions and hopefully inspire you to want to make a directional change with your training.

 

Why is weight training important for women?

Regular weight training can increase your resting metabolism, minimise muscle loss and increase bone mass; regardless of your age. It is very important for women as we are at a higher risk of osteoporosis. It is also far more effective at reducing body fat and burns calories more efficiently which results in healthier and more sustainable weight loss.  If you want to influence your shape, avoid injury and stay strong throughout all the different transitions in your life (before conception, pregnancy, postnatal recovery, motherhood, menopause and the golden years ) then having a weight training regime implemented into your schedule is paramount. Let’s not forget the aesthetics- a lot of women worry that weight training will make them bulky – put simply it won’t -you would have to train in such a way that encouraged huge muscle mass growth on top of following a specific nutrition plan for that purpose . What is important is that you weight train correctly for the female body; following a program or training with a trainer who specialises in female training and understands how a women’s body works ( we are a lot more complicated than men) .

 

Regular weight training can increase your resting metabolism, minimise muscle loss and increase bone mass; regardless of your age and is very important for women as we are at a higher risk of osteoporosis.

Should you weight train during pregnancy and during your postnatal recovery period?

Big yes! But again make sure you see a qualified trainer who specialises solely in this area – as training during pregnancy and during the postnatal period requires different focus and understanding of what is happening to your body during this time. Weight training during pregnancy has so many positives, both for you, your birth and your baby. It will have a positive effect on your postnatal recovery and journey back to finding your body and fitness. Postnatal, if you are breastfeeding regularly weight training can assist in counteracting any bone loss due to lactating.

 

You want to weight train but don’t know where to start?

If you want to get the best results, build your confidence, avoid injury and picking up bad habits then I would advise seeing a trainer who specialises in female training and knows their stuff – whether it’s a few sessions with a trainer in order to take you through the basics and then provides you with a detailed program or if you dedicate some time working with a trainer to get the results you want and go from there. If you are pregnant or postnatal then it is important you see a pregnancy and postnatal exercise specialist in order to get safe and effective training guidance.

 

If you would like to get the best out of your body and are interested in weight training – whether you’re preconception, pregnant or postnatal – feel free to get in touch via the contact page for further questions and guidance.

 

Samala x