Got Muscle? 9 Beginner Strength Training Routines For Women
When I tell my friends about how much I love to lift, I often hear “I don’t know where to start”. Don’t worry! I got you covered. Last year I wrote a pretty popular post about 7 Easy Strength Training Exercises, now you can take these women’s strength training moves to the next level by putting them into workout programs consisting of 8-12 weeks.
Lifting weights is critical for any total body weight loss journey. A lot of times women spend a lot of time on cardio machines because they are trying to burn fat as quickly as possible. It’s super easy to pay attention to the amount of calories burned.
While cardio is great for weight loss–resistance training by lifting weights is the secret key to building muscle and getting your body to burn body fat over a longer period of time.
What is the main goal of strength training for women?
How to put them all together can be quite confusing. There are a lot of women’s gym workout routines to choose from. These beginner weight lifting workout routines for women are perfect for ladies that like to plan their workouts!
Plus I put together some really helpful strength training printables for women that will help keep you organized!
How many days a week should a woman be doing a weight lifting routine?
Most people like personal trainers and doctors recommend that you do some sort of strength program at least 3 times a week. If this seems feasible for you then go for it!
To start out, I would recommend for the best results doing full body workouts more along the lines of 2 times a week to give your entire body enough recovery time to feel better and not be too sore. As your body gets used to it, you can start doing full strength training routines that call for 3-4 days of the week.
What about weight training for women who are of a “certain age”?
I’ve got you covered with these 7 Best Strength Training Exercises for Women Over 35.
I have gathered some of these weight lifting routines for women for you because I am a person that loves to follow a plan! These plans vary from beginner to advanced. As always you can modify to your needs.
Each plan has full-body workouts that include free weights, compound exercises that you can do in a controlled manner. These functional strength workouts are great for any body type. They help build more muscle tissue and build muscular endurance. These are some of the best strength training programs on the internet. Best part? They are all free!
Chat with anyone in the fitness industry and they will tell you to try strength training, and for good reason! Using heavier weights promotes muscle growth and it’s great for building strength overall. Adding this to your general fitness routine during alternate workout days is a nice way to shake things up!
The plans below promote working on upper body strength and lower body strength exclusively to get the maximum benefit on training days. Core strength is also incredibly important too!
The best part is you can choose which strength training plan suits your schedule and your fitness level the best. Weight lifting doesn’t have to be intimidating! With the right plan, you can get toned (in a good way) in no time! This type of physical activity is good for ANY body. Try these for your next workout!
You can use light weights, heavy weights and even resistance bands to hit all of the major muscle groups! It’s a great way to build muscle, just make sure to use proper form and of course don’t forget the rest days. You will start seeing those strength gains in no time! Just make sure you have good form!
Don’t forget to download your Free Fitness Journal so you can keep track of all your progress! Plus you can grab this Healthy Habit Tracker to keep track of your exercise, sleep, water intake, nutrition and more!
Plus if you want to read more about building muscle for women don’t forget to check out An Easy Guide To Building Muscle For Women!
9 Weight Training Plans For Women
Women’s Strength Training Guide from BodyBuilding.com: I really love this strength training workout guide because it offers many specific exercises for women, plus they give specific sets on what to work on and how many reps to do for each.
From light weights to heavy weights, this guide of women workout routines for beginners shows how much you should be doing and how not to over strain yourself with rep maxes with a new program.
Workout Routines For Women – 4 Week Training Plan: This program from SHAPE encourages you to cut back on the cardio and push the weights to increase metabolism and build more muscle.
This plan doesn’t give you a specific list of workouts and leaves the flexibility to adjust as you go. It is a great beginner workout plan. The plan changes to circuit training halfway through switching up the plan of just lifting.
The Transformation Workout Plan – Muscle & Fitness: Unlike the previous two this plan encourages cardio right along with the weightlifting. This plan uses a lot of supersets to get the job done.
The Ultimate Female Training Guide – Simply Shredded: I really like this plan because it spends a great deal of time debunking the myths of how women should train.
High cardio/no weights is what we are mostly taught when it comes to working out. This plan gives a very specific 12 week plan on how to lift weights daily and safely especially if it’s your first time.
Women’s Workout Routine To Get You Strong and Toned: This plan is full of weight lifting for women but also includes HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and Low Intensity Steady State Cardio so you cardio bunnies can get your aerobic exercise fix. 🙂
How To Make A Strength Training Plan (and keep it!) – Greatist : I like this plan that you can build on your own following some of the most basic principles of weight training.
Whole Body Conditioning Workout For Women – Muscle & Strength: This plan alternates full cardio with weight lifting with the intent of building muscle. This is a full 7 day routine with different exercises!
Beginning Weight Lifting Routine For Women – LIVESTRONG: This is the most simplest of the routines that incorporates 3lb, 5lb and 8lb weights. These can go from 8 reps to even 12 reps.
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