Women get fit by pumping iron


Anna Schulte/Iowa State Daily

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Anna Schulte

Cardio and aerobics were the social norms women were confined to when they went to the gym. But women are now beginning to take over the weight rooms. Why?

Weightlifting has been proven to burn more calories and tone muscles faster than cardio activities.

The more contractions muscles endure, the more calories are burned. Weightlifting also increases a person’s metabolism and gives the body those luscious curves. Lifting weights will reduce the fat and flab in a timely manner.

It takes time and dedication to witness results. It’s important to be patient and realize that the body changes won’t immediately be noticeable. Stay motivated and never get discouraged. It may even help to have a steady workout partner who enhances inspiration and motivation.

“Telling yourself you can when others say you can’t is key,” said Courtney Leeper, an Ames resident. “Proving them wrong is a bonus.”

Weightlifting is the best way to become strong, and people who lift weights experience a feeling of empowerment that comes from being a strong woman.

“Weightlifting isn’t only feeling good about the way your body looks after you see results, but rather the sense of confidence it brings to your self-esteem,” Leeper said.

Before her resistance training journey, Leeper struggled with losing weight and toning her body, but everything changed once she picked up her first weight. Her stress level decreased, and her body began to positively change.

It became an addiction to keep challenging herself and body to do even more once the results started to show.

Many women often feel insecure about the way others perceive their body image. They are frightened about the number on the scale.

Learning to love the beauty they already possess is essential. Weightlifting is one way to turn those insecurities into confidence and pride. It helps women learn to love their body and get excited about small achievements.