MONDAYS 10:15AM - 10:45AM
WEDNESDAY 10:15AM - 10:45AM
Women & Weights
What, Where, Who & Why
This will be a simple, but effective class to help us get stronger. We will be using light to mid-light weights, from at little as 2 lbs up to 15lbs +, depending on where you are, where you want to get to and how you plan to achieve your goals. No pressure will ever be put on you to pick up anything heavier than what you are comfortable with. This is about learning how to lift, using good form, and keeping it safe.
We will meet either in the Yoga center or downstairs… depending on how many of us there are. The class will be every Monday at 10:15 till 10:45 and is donation based, so no class pass is required. And if you want you can stay for the Gentle Yoga at 11:00 class.
This class is designed for you, for me, for the woman that wants to get stronger, move better and to help protect our bodies as we age. All ages, but if you’re looking for a strenuous Body Pump/Crossfit class this is not it! I have nothing against these classes but they aren’t for everyone.
Ok so why weight training for women? Because as we age ( anything over 30, sorry chickee-poo) we start to lose muscle mass, having children, and becoming more sedentary over time doesn’t help the matter. And lets be honest, they are differences in men and Women. Men can develop muscle much easier and faster than women and they don’t lose it as fast. We need muscle mass to support all we do in our daily lives
And with the Hormone changes that come with menopause that can affect the shape and distribution of body fat. Weightlifting tightens those areas that get loose. The more weight you lift, the toner your body will look and feel.
And more muscle means more Lean body mass and that means more efficient calorie burning. Additional muscle helps you burn calories even when you are not working out.
Lifting weights builds bone mineral density. In the 19th Century, surgeon Julius Wolff realized that bones rebuild themselves in response to heavy loads. This is one of many adaptive changes the human body makes to protect health and wellness. For older women whose bones are weakening due to the hormonal changes that come with menopause, lifting heavier weight works to counteract bone mineral loss, and that helps to reduce the risk of developing Osteoporosis.
And did you know there’s a connection between lifting weights and preventing dementia? Researchers in Brazil published a study that said that exercise in general releases irisin, a hormone able to help improve neuronal growth in the area of the brain responsible for learning and memory. The Alzheimer’s Association has even named exercise as one of the top habits you can take on to reduce the risk of dementia.
So you see there are some very good reasons to lift iron. Many experts say that women should lift 2 or 3 times a week for 30 minutes. So come join us on Mondays at 10:15, wear your athletic shoes and maybe invest $20 in some weight training gloves I promise you won be disappointed.