As a lifelong athlete, I have always incorporated weight-lifting into my regimen. It has made me strong; muscular and toned, defined and powerful. I’m proud of my muscles. In the summer I always had the most defined back muscles and impressive delts. And as a female athlete, I feel no shame. To be muscular is a beautiful thing, so I decided to post this list of common, silly myths that I often hear from people as responses (excuses) to why they don’t lift. Beyond its many health benefits, lifting weights will not only make you a better athlete at whatever sport you choose to do, but it will actually make you feel better. I will be posting proper weight lifting techniques in the future, so be sure to watch for that post! I listed the first myth, but please click on the link below for the rest of the article. Happy lifting!
Women’s Weight Training Myth #1-Weight training makes you bulky and masculine.
Due to the fact that women do not, and cannot, naturally produce as much testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size) as males do, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely touching some weights. Unfortunately, the image that may come to your mind is that of professional female bodybuilders. Most of these women, unfortunately, use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. In addition, most also have good genetics coupled with an unbelievable work ethic that enable them to gain muscle quickly when they spend hours in the gym lifting very heavy weights. Believe me when I say that they do not look like that by accident. Women who conduct weight training without the use of steroids get the firm and fit cellulite-free looking body that you see in most fitness/figure shows these days.
Credit to Hugo Rivera, the author of this article on About.com, as well as the photo for the article on the page.