Why Women Need Weight Training

Are you one of the women who are gingerly wielding 2 lb. weights for your workout so that you don’t get bulky muscles?  As your motivational speaker on health and wellness, can I help you put that myth to rest, please??  Again and again, research has shown that women who maintain a regular, moderate strength training program enjoy a long list of health advantages, without ripping the seams of their silk blouses!  Below are some pretty exciting reasons why women need to take strength training seriously:

  • You’ll Loose More FAT Than You’ll Gain in MUSCLE.  The average woman who strength trains 2-3 times per week for 8 weeks gains 1.75 pounds of muscle, and LOSES 3.5 pounds of fat!!
  • Your New Muscle Will Help Fight Obesity.  As you add muscle, your resting metabolism will increase, so you’ll burn more calories all day long.  For each pound of muscle you gain, you’ll burn 35-50 more calories daily!
  • You’ll Be a Stronger Woman.  Moderate weight training increases a woman’s strength by 30-50% which will make it so much easier to accomplish daily physical activities.
  • Your Bones Will Benefit.  Weight training can increase spinal bone mineral density by 13% in 6 months.
  • You Will Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes.  Weight training can increase the uptake of sugar in the bloodstream into the cells by 23% in 4 months.
  • You Will Fight Heart Disease. Strength training improves your cholesterol profile and blood pressure.
  • You Will Be Able to Beat Back Pain and Fight Arthritis.  By strengthening the low back muscles, 80% success rate in eliminating or alleviating low-back pain.  It can also ease arthritis pain and strengthen joints.
  • You’ll Be A Better Athlete.  It improves athletic ability whatever your sport of choice is: golf, swimming, or tennis, etc. AND decreases risk of injury.
  • It Works No Matter How Old You Are.  Strength improvements are possible at any age (and I’m talking 80’s and 90’s!)
  • You’ll Strengthen Your Mental Health.  A Harvard study found that 10 weeks of strength training reduced clinical depression symptoms more successfully than standard counseling did.
I hope one of these reasons resonates with you and inspires you to pick up a little heftier barbell next time.  I know that my life has been oh so positively effected by feeling strong both physically and mentally from my weight training regime.
Now pump out 8 more Hammer Curls until you feel the fatigue!
From your drill sergeant motivational speaker Polly Pitchford, who wants everyone to rediscover their best health!












Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Polly thank you SO much for this post!!  I just started a weight training program and, as you know, the first few days can be rough.  It’s SO easy to forget why I’m doing this – but NOT when I have my own personal motivational speaker to remind me!  Thanks!!!!!!!

  2. Thanks Polly – I do hot pilates three times a week. Should I be doing weight training on the off days?  And, can they be simple reps?  Any guidance would be awesome!  Thanks 

    • Ooh, I’ve never tried the “hot” variety of pilates!  Sounds grueling!  My advice would be YES to the weight training on the off days because pilates focuses much more on the core and not as much on the extremities.    You could work upper body one day and lower body the next if you don’t want to tackle everything in one workout.  Aim for at least 2 days a week for weight training.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.  Good luck!

  3. Hey Polly, does lifting my purse count?

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