W3body body fit class is one of the most mentally and physically stimulating group exercise classes I have ever experienced. Coming from a background of taking a variety of classes throughout the Chicago based area, this class was definitely one of the most challenging.
Now you may think, “oh maybe she’s out of shape, has no endurance”, however, I work out at least four times a week for 45min to an hour. Most of my workouts include cardio, running being my favorite.
We’ve all heard of that saying “runners’ high”, that people tend to say they feel after their workout. However, statistically only 10-15% of runners will experience this actual euphoria. I consider myself to be one of these.
Not that I experience a rush of endorphins each and every time- it happens seldomly, but I definitely do feel better afterwards. Since I’m more of a cardio kinda gal, I don’t do strength training nearly enough. I find it challenging. Challenging in a way where I have to mentally empower myself and tell myself I can do it through the pain,sweat, and weights. Lots of weights.
After taking Body Fit, I discovered a lot more about my body. I discovered I’m stronger than I thought, and I can endure way more than I had imagined.
I owe my success to Cassie, brilliant W3body trainer, who guided me through my workout. Although the class was packed, she never once failed to correct my stance and the moment she did so, let me tell you, I felt the burn. She pushed us to our core, literally a work out from the inside out.
One thing I never thought I could get from strength training was that euphoric feeling I get from running.
I was right; I never achieved that feeling.
But what I earned was so much greater. It was an appreciation for muscles I never knew I had while running. Cassie pushed me beyond my limits making me wonder about my capabilities and sparked my interest to further test my ability. Body Fit encouraged me to become as strong as I can become.
It also made me question how strength training will benefit me in the long run.
So here are a few reasons every woman, girl, and female in the world should strength train:
MORE EFFECTIVE FAT LOSS
A crucial factor in weight training is your body’s ability to burn fat during and even after the work out. Your body then tends to consume more oxygen a few hours- even days- post weight training; this requires more caloric expenditure, creating a quicker metabolism.
As your body builds muscle it takes on a womanly hour- glass shape. It helps create and sustain them!
BEAUTY SLEEP LIKE NEVER BEFORE
A study published by International Sport med not only claims more efficient sleep, but says resistance training will help you fall asleep quicker with less waking up!
ENERGIZER BUNNY TYPE OF ENERGY
“A study published by the National Institute of Health suggests that the chronic increase in energy expenditure, even after a minimal resistance training session, may favorably effect energy balance and fat oxidation. 2 Rather than reaching for that early afternoon cup of coffee, grab a barbell.”
HEALTHY HEART HAPPY HEART
Pumping some iron here and there can actually help reduce heart disease. Studies have shown that those who lift tend to have lower chances of high blood pressure or glucose levels.
HEALTHY STRONG BONES
Resistance training is an excellent way to combat loss of bone mass, and it decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
LASTLY (but not really because there’s a million more) A CONFIDENT STRONGER YOU!
That’s right, a healthy strong you. What can feel better than that?