I think lifting heavy means that you will specifically attempt to make progress in how much you can lift. In other words, strength training, as opposed to just exercising.
Originally Posted by Annieh
The pros of strength training:
- It really feels great to see progress. It's quite reinforcing to put more weight and succeed in lifting what you could not lift before.
- Building muscle feels great.
- Building muscle tells your body that you are still growing and if you are growing you are not dying. It's healthy. It stimulates all sorts of healthy hormones in your body.
- You will probably have to eat a lot more. Some women feel this is a good thing.
- You can outlift your capabilities and hurt yourself. I did that. So be careful and don't be afraid to take your progress slower if you need to. Progress is progress.
- Your waist might get smaller and your thighs bigger. Pants seemed designed for big waist, tiny thighs so this will make you mad.
- You will probably have to eat more to get stronger. Most women struggle with this, especially with giving themselves permission to eat enough.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2