How many times haven’t we all heard about how if women lift weights, they run the risk of bulking up and looking like a female Arnold Schwarzenegger? If your wife looks like this, how would you like to wake up to that face every morning?
On a serious note, it’s physiologically impossible for a woman to gain much muscle mass unless of course, she uses anabolic steroids. Women don’t have nearly as much testosterone as men do in their bodies and this makes it nearly impossible to gain the type of muscle mass the average man can build.
When most women think of working out they don’t necessarily think in terms of lifting weights as part of their routine. However, for those of you who are looking to tone up your body, ignoring weightlifting is a mistake. This is because by building muscle, you can get that toned look and turn your body into a fat burning machine. Muscle burns three times as many calories than fat does.
Another common myth is how some people believe if they start a weight training plan and stop after a while, the muscle will turn to fat. This is an old wives tale.
What basically happens if you stop lifting is that your muscle tone will diminish somewhat and if you gain a little bit of fat it will give the appearance that the muscle has turned into fat. The old saying “use it or lose it” applies here in a big way.
If you’re not really into weightlifting or bodybuilding, many find circuit training the best weight training routine for women. With this type of training, you move from one exercise to the next without too much rest in between sets and you get the benefits of both cardiovascular and strength training at the same time. With this method you’re also using much lighter weight and this can certainly ease your mind as to whether or not you’re going to bulk up too much.
Strength training for women has other benefits including the ability to increase bone density which can help fight osteoporosis. Another benefit is how it helps you burn calories much faster than if you didn’t lift weights. You’re resting metabolism will substantially increase if you get into a weight training regimen.
For women, the benefits of weight training far outweigh any idea or worry that they’re going to bulk up far too much and start looking too masculine. If you’re a woman and you’ve been thinking about getting into such a program, now would be the time to listen to one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous line; “C’mon, do it!”