Strength Training for Women

Lose Your Fear of Lifting

The secret to a longer, healthier life—not to mention a slimmer, sexier body—is waiting in the weight room

Lift Your Ban on Dumbbells

Lose Your Fear of Lifting // woman lifting set of dumbbells © Thinkstock

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Just because you're not vying for 20-inch biceps or thunderously strong thighs like the muscle heads in the gym doesn't mean you should shun the weight room. Lifting weights gives you an edge over belly fat, stress, heart disease, and cancer—and it's also the single most effective way to look hot in a bikini. Yet somehow women are still hesitant: Only about a fifth of females strength train two or more times a week.

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Adapted from The Women's Health Big Book of Exercises, by Adam Campbell (Rodale). Available wherever books are sold and at WHBigBookOfExercises.com.