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BodyBuilding For Women, The Facts & The Myths Revealed

May 6, 2008
Myths of Women's Weight Training

The myths about women's weight training and female bodybuilding do not ever seem to go away. Here are just a few "myths" that are generally associated with womens body building.

Myth #1 -Weight training makes you bulky.

Due to the fact that women cannot naturally produce as much testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size) as men 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 along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscule mass. 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.

#2 - Exercise increases your chest size.

Sorry girls. Women's 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 don't 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

Women's 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. So, by performing these exercises correctly, your stretching capabilities will increase.

Myth #4 - If you stop weight training does your muscles turn into fat

This is like saying that brass can be turned into gold. 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. So bad eating habits along with the fact that their metabolism is lower due to inactivity, and lower degrees of muscle mass, give the impression that the muscle is being turned into fat but in reality what is happening is that muscle is being lost and fat is being accumulated.

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.

Myth #6 - As long as I exercise I can eat anything I want.

How we all wish this were true! This could not be further from the truth. Our individual metabolism determines how many calories we burn at rest and how many we burn while we exercise. If we eat more calories than we burn on a consistent basis, our bodies will store these extra calories as fat regardless of the amount of exercise that we do. This myth may have been created by people with such high metabolic rates (hardgainers) 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 to doing so. Therefore, their weight either remains stable or goes down.

#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. You need to lift 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 getting 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 there will be no reason for the body to change.

Myth #8 -Women Shouldn't Train Too Hard

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!
About the Author
Dan {The BodyBuilding Man} gives his own explanation about the myths that surround girls BodyBuilding BodyBuilding is much more than Muscle Mass and is an all round routine to keep you body more healthier looking.
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