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Base Kamp Gym is hosting a FREE introduction to strength training class for friends and participants of the ROOTS Women's League at their gym. 

When: Sunday, September 30 from 2-4pm

Where: Base Kamp Gym
                 1625 Rock Mountain Blvd Suite P
                 Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Cost: FREE from 2pm-4pm. $5 if you'd like to stay after and use the equipment.

What's Included: The owner of Base Kamp Gym, Bridgett Killion will provide an introduction and hands on instruction to the equipment and exercises you can do with them at her gym. 

Schedule: 2-2:15pm - Introduction to Bridgett and Base Kamp Gym

2:15-2:30pm - Quick Q and A session, Find out what your experience is (no experience needed) and what you want to get out of the session.

2:30-4pm - Hands on explanation of barbell exercises.

What to Bring: Please wear tennis shoes and exercise clothing and come prepared to try some activities


8 Reasons Why Women Should Lift Weights

Lifting weights has some surprising perks that you can’t get from cardio alone. Research shows that just two strength-training sessions a week can help you burn more fat, sculpt lean muscles, feel more energized, and so much more.

Here are eight reasons you should start lifting today. Before starting this or any new exercise regimen, though, make sure you consult your doctor.


1. You’ll Burn More Calories

Although cardio burns more calories than strength training during your 30-minute sweat session, lifting weights burns more overall. It all goes back to building muscle. It takes more energy (calories) for your body to maintain muscle cells than it does fat cells. So by lifting weights to add more muscle mass, you’ll boost your metabolism and turn your body into a more efficient fat-burning machine.

2. You’ll Maintain Muscle

Research shows that between the ages of 30 and 70, women lose an average of 22 percent of their total muscle. What’s even more upsetting is that over time, the muscle void is often filled with fat. One pound of fat takes up 18 percent more space than one pound of muscle, so even if the number on the scale goes down, your pants size might go up.

The best way to stay tightly packed?

Keep strength training! For best results two to three total-body strength training workouts are recommended per week for 30 minutes each session. Include three to four days of cardiovascular exercise, either on the same days or alternate days.

3. You’ll Build Stronger Bones

Lifting weights can be your best defense against osteoporosis — a disease affecting 10 million Americans, 80 percent of which are women, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. 

4. Your Heart Will Be Healthier


It may seem counter-intuitive that weight lifting can help lower blood pressure, since blood pressure actually goes up during and immediately after your strength session.

But research shows it can be a powerful way to protect your ticker in the long run.

5. You’ll Strengthen Your Brain, Too


Muscles strengthen both your body and your brain. A combination of mentally stimulating activities like using a computer and exercise (which included walking and other cardio as well as strength training and sports activities) helped protect brain functioning in older adults. The combination of computer use with moderate exercise can decrease the risk of memory loss more than either one activity on its own.

6. You’ll Be Happier and Less Stressed


Move over, runner’s high! Weight training also has the power to induce pleasure by releasing endorphins, the “feel-good” chemical in your brain. Research shows that resistance training can help beat the blues. One Australian study found that people who did three strength workouts a week (chest presses, lat pull-downs, and biceps curls) reported an 18 percent drop in depression after 10 weeks. In addition, exercise reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, potentially relieving feelings of anxiety and agitation.

7. You May Reduce Your Diabetes Risk (or improve quality of life)

Lifting weights helps improve the way your body processes sugar, which can help prevent diabetes. And if you already have diabetes, research shows that extended periods of strength training improve blood sugar control as well as taking a diabetes drug. In fact, the combination of strength training and aerobic exercise may be even more beneficial than drugs.

8. You’ll Boost Your Balance


Ever try to put on one sock while standing on the other leg?

Without strength training, this simple act can feel more like a circus trick over time.

The reason: fast-twitch muscle fibers we use for strength training deteriorate with age. (Aerobic exercises use mostly slow-twitch fibers.) "The fast-twitch fibers assist in speed and power movements and contract quickly and with sufficient force to catch yourself when you lose your balance,” Rubenstein says. “Resistance training maintains the ability of these fibers to activate."


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