Weight training should be a must for females since that causes the greatest boost to the metabolic rate immediately after the session, really promoting faster fat loss. Women who place a much higher emphasis on cardio training in comparison to weight training are the ones who typically lose greater portions of muscle mass, becoming softer looking rather than lean and defined.
You have heard it before and you still don’t believe! Women want to tone, right? Guess what–if there is no muscle to be toned, then the whole thing is an impossibility anyway. Toning and bulking are separated by diet and total body fat percentage. That means that bulking can and does happen if there is no attention paid to fat-burning (both via exercise and diet). However, enduring miles and miles of reps using a 5-lb will only build muscular endurance, not volume nor definition. Incorporating heavier weights in your lifting regimen will not only build the lean muscle needed to see visible definition, but affect hormones like growth hormone and testosterone that can increase your fat burning potential while at rest.
So don’t be afraid to go for the heavier weights the next time you join our classes.