The advantages of weight training offer mental, physical and overall health benefits for everyone. Many people, the majority being women are afraid to brave the weight room fearing they will get ‘bulky’ or its only intended to be used by men, this is simply not the truth and women should not feel their only place in the gym is the treadmill in the corner or the designated ‘womens area’ with the baby pink weights, c’mon ladies your handbag weighs more than those things! Cardiovascular training is great for your heart and burning a few extra calories, however it will not reshape your body, you will only become a smaller version of yourself. Lifting weights allows you to change the composition of your body. If your only goal is too lose weight then adjusting your diet and eating in a calorific deficit will almost certainly be enough, but most women want to change their shape, have defined shoulders and a pert derrier, this is where strength training can help.