Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

7 Reasons Women Should Lift Heavy Weights

  1. Begin Slideshow
    weights

    123

    SHARES

    2 comments
    See All Slides

    Whether you’re a green juice junkie, a SoulCycle addict, or just trying to maintain a working relationship with your skinny jeans, healthy living is always in style. So we’ve tapped the wellness masterminds at Well+Good — the go-to-site for cool, healthy-leaning women coast to coast — to keep you in-the-know.
    Whether you’re a green juice junkie, a SoulCycle addict, or just trying to maintain a working relationship with your skinny jeans, healthy living is always in style. So we’ve tapped the wellness masterminds at Well+Good — the go-to-site for cool, healthy-leaning women coast to coast — to keep you in-the-know.

    This news lends new meaning to the phrase "hot and heavy." While cardio is essential for heart health and tiny weights may help you tone, there are lots of serious, science-backed reasons to add heavy weights to your regimen. (And, no, you won't end up looking like a body builder. That's actually a full-time job.)

    "Lifting heavy weights — about 8-15 pounds for women is fine, and up to 25 is ideal — is the most efficient and effective way to build muscle mass," says Joey Gonzalez, owner of Barry's Bootcamp New York.

    "Developing muscle is crucial to lowering body fat, and to improving your fitness and health levels overall," he says. And lots of studies would agree with him. Here are seven research-tested reasons women should lift heavy.

    This article was authored by Lisa Elaine Held.

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

Celebs & Influencers

Follow This Kate Moss Trend: Babes Who Wear Babes

Kate Moss has proven time and again that not all errand-running outfits are created equal. She possesses a next-level, don't-give-a-damn elegance that somehow makes the most mundane outfits look like so much more than the sum of their parts. But, on a shopping trip with her family in tow, Moss also teaches the importance read

Sex & Relationships

12 Less-Than-Romantic Relationship Milestones

Here’s how it goes: You meet someone, you fall in love, you meet their parents, you get engaged, you get married, you have a baby, you have another baby, you move to Florida. Those are all the major relationship moments worth celebrating, right? Wrong. There’s so much more to it than that! Here are 12 read