Telegraph feature: should women lift weights?

March 26, 2015

“Weights aren’t just for powerlifters and strong men. Strength training keeps us structurally sound and underpins all other physical activities – whether you’re in the gym, running around after your kids or sitting at a desk all week long.

In fact, in today’s sedentary environment – when most of us suffer with bad posture or back pain – we would all benefit from a bit of strength training – especially so as we age and as muscle mass decreases and we become pray to structural issues such as osteoporosis and arthritis.

And then of course, there are the numerous extra benefits of weight work for anyone who is in training – being stronger means that we are able to exercise harder and faster for longer, and are less prone to injury.

The benefits are untold – the rules however are not, which is why I’ve listed my five key lessons in strength training, for beginners.

We are never going to achieve perfect symmetry; that’s not the goal. But we all have imbalances throughout the body and we need to work towards developing structural balance, beginners especially. Think single leg exercises, specific core activation or strengthening work, and lots of shoulder and hip mobility or stability. What we do will depend on our individual strengths and weaknesses, but we should all make structural balance the cornerstone of our programme.

The benefits are untold – the rules however are not, which is why I’ve listed my five key lessons in strength training, for beginners.

Balance the body: We are never going to achieve perfect symmetry; that’s not the goal. But we all have imbalances throughout the body and we need to work towards developing structural balance, beginners especially. Think single leg exercises, specific core activation or strengthening work, and lots of shoulder and hip mobility or stability. What we do will depend on our individual strengths and weaknesses, but we should all make structural balance the cornerstone of our programme…”

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