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August 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Build Muscle

Although we often think in terms of men when we look at how to build muscle mass or gain weight, women also need to train with weights to look their best. Because the effect of bodybuilding on women is different, there should be no fear of bulking up and gaining too much muscle.

In our featured article, The Truth About Female Bodybuilding, you’ll discover 8 training myths and bodybuilding secrets that all women must be aware of. Written by Keishon Martin, this article offers an eye-opening approach for all women. Here it is… enjoy!

First you should know that no amount of physical activity can give you your desired body if it is not coupled with bodybuilding nutrition and a total body workout. Actually, it is the bodybuilding nutrition that is the most vital factor in building the best body that you can have.

Women’s Weight Training Myth #1 - Weight training makes you bulky.

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. 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.

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Women’s Weight Training Myth #2 - Exercise increases your chest size.

Sorry girls. Womens breasts are composed mostly of fatty tissue. Therefore, it is impossible to increase breast size through weight training. As a matter of fact, if you go below 12 percent body fat (which I do not recommend doing), your breast size will decrease. Weight training does increase the size of the back, so this misconception probably comes from confusing an increase in back size with an increase in cup size. The only way to increase your breast size is by gaining fat or getting breast implants

Womens Weight Training Myth #3 - Weight training makes you stiff and musclebound.

If you perform all exercises through their full range of motion, flexibility will increase. Exercises like flyes, stiff-legged deadlifts, dumbbell presses, and chin-ups stretch the muscle in the bottom range of the movement. Therefore, by performing these exercises correctly, your stretching capabilities will increase.

Women’s Weight Training Myth #4 - If you stop weight training your muscles turn into fat.

Which is like saying that gold can turn into copper. Muscle and fat are two totally different types of tissue. What happens many times is that when people decide to go off their weight training programs they start losing muscle due to inactivity (use it or lose it) and they also usually drop the diet as well. Therefore bad eating habits combined with the fact that their metabolism is lower due to inactivity, and lower degrees of muscle mass, give the impression that the subjects muscle is being turned into fat while in reality what is happening is that muscle is being lost and fat is being accumulated.

Women’s Weight Training Myth #5 - Weight training turns fat into muscle.

More alchemy. This is the equivalent of saying that you can turn any metal into gold; don’t we wish! The way a body transformation occurs is by gaining muscle through weight training and losing fat through aerobics and diet simultaneously. Again, muscle and fat are very different types of tissue. We cannot turn one into the other.

Women’s Weight Training Myth #6 - As long as you exercise you can eat anything that you want.

How I wish this were true also! However, this could not be further from the truth. Metabolism for an individual is determined by how many calories we burn while we exercise and while we rest. If we eat more calories than we burn on a consistent basis, our bodies will accumulate these extra calories as fat regardless of the amount of exercise that we do. The myth may have been started by people with such high metabolic rates that no matter how much they eat or what they eat, they rarely meet or exceed the amount of calories that they burn in one day unless they put their mind into reaching that goal. Therefore, their weight either remains stable or goes down.

Women’s Weight Training Myth #7 - Women only need to do cardio and if they decide to lift weights, they should be very light.

First of all, if you only did cardio then muscle and fat would be burned for fuel. One needs to do weights in order to get the muscle building machine going and thus prevent any loss of muscle tissue. Women that only concentrate on cardio will have a very hard time achieving the look that they want. As far as the lifting of very light weights, this is just more nonsense. Muscle responds to resistance and if the resistance is too light, then there will be no reason for the body to change.

Women Should Train Hard Myth #8 - I have trained with girls that train as hard as I do and they look nothing but feminine. If you want to look great, don’t be afraid to pick up the weights and lift hard!

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Expert Keishon Martin who writes for where you can get the best weight lifting / weight loss program on the internet. Also check out
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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Womens Bodybuilding // Oct 7, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    This is really good advice. I think it hit on all those important little myths.

    Most women think that if they do some heavy weight lifting that they’re going to turn into a big muscled person.

    Most men don’t even have that sort of luck and they’re genetically built for it.

  • 2 Sean Nalewanyj // Oct 24, 2008 at 9:34 am

    I know that some people feel that if you use any supplements at all you aren’t being all natural, but I disagree. If you’re just using basic supplements like whey, creatine, and glutamine, I don’t see this is a problem. I respect the guys who build their bodies naturally, it seems like more of an accomplishment
    Thanks for the review

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