Fitness Report: Women & Weights

When you go the gym, it's not uncommon to see the guys on one side lifting and the ladies on the other side working up a sweat on the cardio machines.

In fact, of the more than 12 million women who belonged to a fitness center last year, only about half used the weight machines. Find out why it's time for that to change.

Patty Barclay says weight training is a big part of her workout but she knows it's something many women avoid.

"I think some women think that if they lift weights they're going to get bulky and big," Barclay said.

Prairie Life Fitness Group Fitness Director, Kris Lumm says that's just one of the reasons why ladies aren't lifting.

"There is also a misconception that cardio is the way to go if you want to lose weight and you want to look nice and tone, but that's actually not the case, " said Lumm.

If you've been in a weight room at the gym, you know how intimidating it can be. So many options - so many sizes and many of us don't know where to begin.

If that's the case, Kris says classes are a good place to start. Most fitness centers offer a variety of weight classes. Instructors or personal trainers can help women become familiar with the weights, proper form and exercises to help reach your goal.

The benefits are endless, beginning with reducing the risk of Osteoporosis.

"We start losing bone mass about the age of 35 so that is really important. It's also strengthens the muscles around the joints so that you prevent injuries."

Losing body fat, and gaining strength - another bonus.

To really see changes in our body, Kris says we should strength train at least three times a week.

She says, "They start feeling, seeing that their clothes are fitting differently. They start seeing the toning in the arms and legs. You actually start losing the belly fat."

"It's just tones you and gets you more fit and helps you burn more fat," added Barclay.

Patty says the stronger she gets, the better she feels.

About the Author...
Serese Cole
Serese is no stranger to the Midwest. She was born and raised in Kansas City and after years of moving from state to state - has called Nebraska home the last decade.
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