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When most of us think of lifting weights, we think of bulky guys who drink protein shakes every day and hang out at the gym. Most of us don’t think about the anti-aging benefits of weightlifting.
Personal trainer and weightlifting fanatic Tatiana Hoover joins Just Ask David to make a case for weightlifting for maintaining your youthful looks. “I believe weightlifting is the fountain of youth
Tatiana is a NASM-certified personal trainer and all-around fitness and nutrition guru. She develops healthy recipes for Well and Good and wrote several books. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Marie Claire, and plenty more. And on top of everything on her plate, she’s a mom of three. Talk about a superwoman.
Why Women Should Lift Weights
Myths about what weightlifting does to women’s bodies have kept plenty of women away from the barbells. Many women assume lifting weights will make them look beefy and overly muscular.
Tatiana is dedicated to dispelling this myth and helping women unlock the power of their own physical strength.
“[Weightlifting] is really my calling, my passion,” Tatiana says. “I feel like that’s what I’m here on Earth to do – convince women that weightlifting is not only going to help them get stronger, but they’re going to feel much more empowered and capable in their daily lives.”
In fact, Tatiana says that women are highly unlikely to get the same muscle gains as men. Why? Testosterone, a hormone most women don’t have much of, is responsible for accumulating big muscle mass.
“This is the number one myth that keeps women from lifting weights. It’s that fear of, ‘Oh, I don’t want to look like a bodybuilder,’” she says. “But if you were to look at me, I don’t look big and bulky, I look tight and toned.” (Also important to add: Tatiana can deadlift 175 lbs!)
Tatiana: “I Believe Weightlifting is the Fountain of Youth”
Of course, being strong is generally good for your health, but Tatiana claims that lifting weights also has cosmetic benefits.
For one, looking youthful has more to do with being age spot- and wrinkle-free. We lose bone mass as we age, and that shows on our faces, too.
“There’s a lot of research on why women should lift weights, especially as they get older,” Tatiana explains. “One of the reasons is to increase and maintain bone density.”
Look younger and reduce the risk of frail bones as you age? Sounds like a win-win.
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