5 Great Reasons Women Should Deadlift
There are many great reasons to deadlift for both males and females.
The deadlift is an amazing exercise to build strength and enhance conditioning in both sexes.
For a long time, women have been afraid of lifting heavy weights, but I am glad to say I am noticing a positive change that is growing in momentum.
I hope to dispel the myths that lead to this fear of lifting and attract more women to the weight room. After all strong is sexy and beautiful, I don’t think there is anything more attractive than a strong, confident, beautiful and toned woman.
ONE WORD “GLUTES”
Apart from the recent trend for all 20 year olds having a bodacious booty like Beyonce, (need I say anymore?) there are many other reasons to lift. As we age, gravity does tend to take over and some areas go South more than others! Deadlifts are part of the solution to mother nature’s curse.
Deadlifts incorporate the major muscle groups of the lower body as well as a variety of surrounding stabiliser muscles. By performing this major exercise, you can develop winning form in your glutes, legs, lower back and abdominals.
PERFORMING DEADLIFTS BOOSTS YOUR METABOLISM
When done correctly, performing heavy deadlifts increases your metabolism. What this means for you is a better capacity to burn fat. The Deadlift is a compound exercise which uses the biggest muscles in the body helping you burn more calories both during and after your workout. Unlike aerobic exercise, where the calorie burn ends when the workout stops.
DEADLIFTS MAKE YOU STRONG
The Deadlift is one of the best exercises to improve overall strength and fitness. Once you have mastered the deadlift with a reasonable weight, everyday tasks become easy. It makes shopping in the January sales a breeze, you will be able to grab more bargains than ever before and not have to worry about carrying them around!
REDUCE THE RISK OF FRACTURES FROM WEAK BONES
Adding Deadlifts to your weekly exercise routine will improve bone strength and reduce risk of bone fractures. Studies show that deadlifts and squats can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. They are free weight exercises that have been shown to load the spine, hip, knee and ankle joints.
IMPROVES YOUR POSTURE AND YOUR BALANCE
When performed correctly, with good technique Deadlifts improve your core and low back strength. Studies showed that deadlifts activated more muscles in the lower back than other back exercises tested including back extensions. They are better than the more popular core exercises such as planks and bridges, which are not very effective in activating the back muscles.
Having a stronger lower back and good core strength improves posture and balance.
In Conclusion, Deadlifts are without doubt, one of the best exercises there are for women. They help make you confident and strong, they are beneficial to your looks and performance, over all helping to make you a winner that is hard to beat.
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