Should both males and females be lifting heavy weights?

Something that I get asked a lot (90% of the time from my female clients) is should I be lifting heavy weights or should I just keep it lighter?

So an old quote I heard a few years ago, unsure of who it was again but goes little like this….

“Males should lift more like females and females should lift more like males.”

What do I mean by this?

Well, it’s simple. Males usually let their ego get in the way, and they try and lift so heavy that they have no control over the weight – they just try to shift kilo’s of weight from point A to B. On the other hand, females lift lighter but (usually) with so much more control in the movements. Disclaimer; I’m not highlighting that this happens everywhere – it’s based on whole spectrum of people that I have experienced in so many gyms that I have trained in myself.

Lifting heavy with good form is undoubtedly one of the most effective physical endeavours you can do to reach your fitness goals. C’mon… there is no better feeling than lifting or pushing some heavy ass weight to smash a PB record as you know the huge euphoria you get after it. Unfortunately, many people don’t aim high and embrace heavy training as they should.

Lifting heavy causes amazing changes to your body’s system, improving hormones, the function of the brain, metabolic rate and healthier heart.

I am going to give you some of my tips on why both male and females should be lifting heavy in each session but without sacrificing form and it being a controlled lift. These tips will be drip-fed to you over the next few blogs so be sure to save them and keep to refer back to.


The stronger you are, the quicker it can be to transform your physique with subsequent training. It will also help to increase speed, power and improve overall athletic power. Strength also correlates with levels of fat burning hormone in both men and woman. This means that the stronger you are, lifting more weights to build more muscle, the faster your metabolism will be, getting you on the right path to a leaner physique. Also, another critical point is that strength certainly helps improve your confidence and it challenges your capabilities beyond what you can imagine. Of course, this means putting in the hard work and embracing every minute of each and every session that you do.

Turn towards the effort that needs to be put in and really hit it hard head on and don’t hide away from it. Instead of settling for less and underestimating your capabilities, you’ll truly find what your true limits are, not just what you think they are.

“If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would astound ourselves.”
– Charles Poliquin

Watch out for more tips on why we should all be lifting more heavy strength based training into our training schedule. As always don’t hesitate to ask me for more tips and help towards your fitness goal.

~ Craig / Tailored Physique Fitness