Busting The Myth On Women And Heavy Weights

Busting The Myth On Women And Heavy Weights

For women who are looking to firm up their physique, the jump into heavy weight lifting can be intimidating. There are many myths and opinions on women who lift weights that are not only antiquated, but also inaccurate. However, these myths and claims have made it challenging for many women to pursue weight lifting. Here are some myths that can be busted about women and heavy weights.

Myth: Lifting Makes Women Appear Masculine

Many studies have shown that women who participate in heavy weight and resistance training are leaner, stronger, and healthier than those who stick to the treadmill. How strength training affects your physique is up to your techniques and your DNA.

The differences in women’s physiques have various factors such as their genetics, their diet, their weight lifting movements and intensity, the volume of weight, and their individual programming. Women can find a training regimen that will help them meet their individual fitness goals without bulking up and looking masculine.

Myth: Women Only Need Cardio

Even if your fitness goal is to be a competitive runner, resistance training is still important to help increase aerobic performance. Cardiovascular training is a very important part of being physically fit, but it is not the only part.

The truth is, running for miles each day does not help to build muscle strength or help build a balanced physique. Consistent cardio training also may not be the best way to lose fat. Staying on the treadmill is not guaranteed to provide the fitness results you are looking for. By adding resistance training to your workout routine, you are building more lean muscle, and therefore burning more calories throughout the day, which will help get your body leaner faster.

Myth: Women Only Go To The Gym To Lose Weight

Not every woman is interested in being stick thin. Just like the men who are lifting weights in the gym, some women work out their bodies to get strong. While some are looking to get in better shape and achieve better health, others may want to improve their athleticism. The point is, every woman has a different and very personal goal when it comes to their physical fitness. This is why it is important for anyone who is lifting weights to do their research. This will aid in boosting confidence throughout training and let people achieve their personal goals.

Myth: Women Should Not Lift Like Men

Doing deadlifts at the gym is not an inherently masculine activity. While some women should not train like the man next to them in the gym, it is not because they are not capable, but simply because their goals may not include doing the “man lifts” that their neighbor is doing. If a woman’s fitness goals include bigger biceps or a stronger bench press, then she can certainly perform the same heavy weight lifting activities as a man.

Myth: Women Should Avoid Taking Creatine

Creatine is a chemical that is naturally found in the muscles and brain of the human body. It is most potent in diets high in seafood and red meat, but it can also be made synthetically in a lab.

Creatine is used for increasing muscle mass and improving exercise performance. It is a crucial part in the body’s ability to make and use energy. Because of this, creatine is a commonly used dietary supplement for athletic performance. Creatine is a fuel source for weight lifting.

Studies have found that taking creative supplements for both men and women can help build lean muscle mass and maintain its structure. This is no different in women than it is in men.

Myth: Women Should Avoid Olympic Lifting

While Olympic lifting can be dangerous, this is the same for men as it is for women. It is possible for anyone to get hurt if they load the lifting bar too much and lift without a proper technique. Injury can also come from doing simple biceps curls.

No matter your sex or your fitness level, it is ok to try new and challenging things. Women are able to start with the basics to learn Olympic lifting and use a simple PVC pipe to learn the form. If it seems interesting and beneficial, by all means find a professional to help teach you and perfect the Olympic moves.


Josiah Mosier

Author Bio

Josiah Mosier is a car enthusiast and loves working on his 2011 Mercedes Benz 300 C-Class. Other than that, he loves to cook and spend time with his family. In his free time, he writes about cars on Adsitco‘s blog and share them with his readers.

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