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The Fitness Collective

  • Nik Gibbons


In a world that constantly evolves, so does our understanding of health and fitness. In the past, the general consensus was that strength training would lead to a less feminine more “bulky” physic. However, over time we have seen more and more women breaking away from traditional norms, women are embracing strength training as a powerful tool not only for physical well-being but also for empowerment. We asked Nik, Founder at the Fitness Collective to tell us more about the benefits of strength training for women.

Enhanced Metabolism:  One of the primary benefits of strength training for women is its ability to increase RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate).  This is the amount of calories burned by the body while it is at rest to support processes like breathing, regulating body temperature and sustaining organ function. As women age, metabolism can show signs of slowing down, leading to unexpected weight gain. Incorporating strength training into your fitness routine will help increase muscle mass and improve the body’s ability to burn more calories at rest, making it easier to manage weight and maintain a healthy body composition.

Stronger bones and joints: Osteoporosis, a condition characterised by weakened bones, is more prevalent in women. This is where strength training plays a crucial role in building and maintaining bone density and osteoporosis-related issues. It can also help to strengthen your joints, promoting overall joint health and reducing the risk of injuries.

Reduce stress and improve mental well-being: Exercise, including strength training, is renowned for alleviating stress and boosting mental well-being. The release of endorphins during strength training acts as a natural mood enhancer. We know that female members at the Fitness Collective community who’ve embraced strength training in our small group personal training sessions have experienced significant reductions in stress, enhanced sleep quality, and a brighter perspective on life.

Improved posture and balance: Many women can spend hours sitting at desks or engaging in activities that can lead to poor posture. An effective strength training routine focuses on the core muscles, contributing to better posture and stability. As well as enhancing your physical appearance, strength training also lowers the risk of back pain and injuries associated with poor posture.

Empowerment and confidence: Strength training is not just about physical strength; it’s also about mental fortitude. Supporting our female members to see themselves getting stronger, lifting heavier weights, and hitting those all-important PB goals, fosters a sense of empowerment and confidence. For our coaches, challenging preconceived notions of what women can or cannot do, strength training becomes a catalyst for fostering a positive self-image and a can-do attitude.

Challenging Stereotypes: By engaging in strength training, women can challenge stereotypes, breaking free from outdated norms that associate femininity with fragility. Working with our expert coaches, the strength gained during our small group personal training sessions in our West Bridgford gym transcends physical boundaries. It’s highly motivating to support our female members to embrace their strength both inside and outside the workout space.


Conclusion: The benefits of strength training for women extend far beyond just physical fitness. By empowering the mind and enhancing overall well-being, we believe our holistic approach to health holds the potential to help reshape the narrative surrounding women’s strength. As more and more women swap cardio-only training to embrace the weights and shatter stereotypes, we’ll continue to witness the powerful movement towards a healthier, more confident, and empowered female population.


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