Weight lifting is commonly perceived as the choice workout of gym muscle heads and bulky WWE champions. Because of this stereotype, 80% of active women avoid incorporating strength training into their workouts out of fear of acquiring Hulk-like muscles.
I’ll admit, as a ballerina, I wrote off weight lifting for many years because I believed that strength training would make me appear bulky in a leotard. I held onto this fear until I was recently educated about the many other physical and mental health benefits of strength training, outside of muscle gain.
Incorporating weight lifting into your fitness routine can enhance your own physical and mental health goals, allowing individuals that build and protect their muscle mass to live longer, healthier and happier lives. One factor that particularly motivated me to begin strength training was the proven ability of lifting weights in helping to reduce stress. After all, in 2020, who doesn’t need some stress reduction?