Strength training is a must, especially for women. Research continues to pile up showing that strength training is a powerful tool in the management of heart disease, osteoporosis and age-related weight gain. Strength training also benefits your hormones — including cortisol (the stress hormone), estrogen and testosterone (yes, ladies, you have testosterone too).
It's the key to truly changing your body, preventing injuries, boosting self-confidence and promoting a general sense of well-being. To start, here's a list of the five moves that are absolutely essential for every body, especially women. All of these are based on a handful of foundational movement patterns.