Bodybuilding for women and some of the common myths associated with this training method
Lets us start off by saying that bodybuilding is definitely an appropriate term for women who want to transform their body. We say this because most females that hear anything related to this subject freak out in a bad way.
Bodybuilding has been heavily associated with steroids and muscularity and it shouldn’t be.
When we talk about bodybuilding we are referring to the concept of bodybuilding that originated in the 60’s and 70’s. Bodybuilding is a lifestyle that allows someone to sculpt their body to what they desire it to be; just like a Greek statue.
There have been an insane amount of myths created related to women’s fitness and bodybuilding that make no sense at all, that’s why we created this informative article.
If you’re reading this it’s probable that you have heard any or all of these, keep in mind that they are all myths, hopefully by the end of this article you will feel a little more comfortable in relation to your bodybuilding activities.
Women are weaker than men
This myth absolutely makes no sense at all but for some reason people think of it as true, genetically speaking women are equally as strong as men pound for pound.
Maybe you can’t lift the 100lb dumbbells that the guy is doing next to you but you can surely strive to do the 50lb ones which in comparison to the guys lift pound for pound is way more impressive.
Think about it, if a guy weighs 220lbs and is lifting 100lbs dumbbells he is pressing less than half his body weight, if you are woman who can lift the 50lb dumbbells and you only weigh 120lbs you are equally as strong, the same thing goes for every exercise, if you want your body to change you need to put the work in and lift heavy!
I need to lift light weights to stay toned
The previous myth brings us to this one, why do women think they need to lift light?
If you want to get a toned or defined look you need to burn fat and gain muscle, this can only be achieved by training intensely with moderate to heavy weight, the muscle needs to be torn in order for to heal and grow, lifting light weights is not going to get you anywhere, the same thing goes for cardio, without weight training cardio is virtually useless.
You will get too big and bulky if you lift heavy weight
As you can see each myth leads us to the next one because they are all related, in this case, we are discussing the “I will get too big myth”, this is false and it has been scientifically proven, women naturally produce a hormone called estrogen while men produce testosterone and human growth hormone.
These last two hormones are what cause muscle and bone building in men, without them men would have the same genetic frame as women, now, this doesn’t mean that women don’t produce these because they do but in minimal to nonexistent amounts, what this means is that no matter how much you train or lift heavy weights you won’t get big.
Just think about it, men struggle to gain a few pounds of muscle a year and they have a lot of testosterone and HGH running in their bodies, naturally, women can’t be as big as men, you won’t achieve excess muscularity unless you do steroids which isn’t a good idea at all.
You need to cut back on certain foods
If you are working out till you can’t take another breath inside the gym your body’s metabolism will be fired up, if you don’t eat accordingly to your activity levels your body will burn muscle instead of fat, if you’re working out big you need to eat the part.
Eat good high protein foods and stay away from fats and sugars, a common misconception in men and women is that they need to exclude carbohydrates from their diet, this is just crazy stupid, carbohydrates fuel your body, cutting them from your nutrition will make you feel weak and tired, keep everything in balance.
If you want you can have an occasional burger or pizza, there is no reason why you shouldn’t if you’re training hard in the gym.
Samantha Collins is a contributing author and is an ISSA certified personal trainer that has helped hundreds of men and women get in shape and helped them reach their fitness and weight loss goals.