If you’re just hopping into this series, be sure to check out yesterday’s post about the benefits of strength training for everyone. Seriously, if you’re not using resistance to train, you’re missing out on well… a lot!
But Every. Single. Time. A woman walks into the gym, the very first thing she will say is “I don’t want to get bulky.” Ooooor… “I just want to tone.” (Stay tuned for a post about muscle “toning” later in the series!)
So what’s going on here? Pictures of very muscular women bodybuilders have flooded the media, and that’s just not most women’s idea of feminine. But here’s the truth ladies: YOU DON’T HAVE THE TESTOSTERONE TO BUILD BULKY MUSCLES! And those ladies you’re telling me you don’t want to be? Yeah, they don’t either. They’ve had some chemical assistance… uhem.
And while we’re on the topic, I’m betting some women’s magazine has shown you pictures of a smiling lady with nary a drop of sweat holding a pink, purple, or green dumbbell. And probably the same magazine told you that you should be using weights, but led you to believe that those sub five pounders were gonna do anything for you. That’s the fitness myth that just won’t die.
Here’s the truth: If you want to get rid of those dimples on your butt or keep your arms from waving long after the rest of you stops, heavy weights (always appropriate for your fitness level) are your best friend. If you want room stopping curves, you need weights in your life. (So this is true. I once told my mom, who proceeded to tell my grandmother that there was a difference between a butt and an ass. If you don’t believe me, ask The Google. Trust me. You don’t want a butt. And what you do want is only achieved with weights!)
Look, women that have gigantic muscles have worked really hard to get them. It sure didn’t happen by accident. No trainer is going to put you on a program like that unless you have stated that you want to look like that. Huge muscles aren’t just going to poof! But what will happen when you start challenging your body and training your muscles is that you will get a shape. You won’t be “skinny fat”. And you know, your shoulders will be strong enough that your purse doesn’t pull them out of socket. (Seriously, if you haven’t read yesterday’s post. It’s one of the most important in this series!)
“Women don’t have the hormones to get ‘bulky’. Stop believing the bro-science and go lift.”