Lift Like A Girl !
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Lift Like A Girl !

SEPTEMBER 10th, 2018 WRITTEN BY TIMOTHY SCHULTZ (Estimated reading time: ~5 mins) “You’ll look like a man.” “Women shouldn’t lift heavy weights.” “I don’t want to look bulky, I just want to tone up.” “Women should train differently to men.” “Lifting heavy weights is dangerous for women.” “Strength training for women is a waste of time, you’ll never develop strong muscles.”   Ever heard one of these? I know I have – and I’m pretty tired of it. Strength training is the closest thing we have to the fountain of youth and it should be performed by everyone – man and woman alike. I understand the fears and misconceptions surrounding strength training for women, especially the thought that touching a weight over 5lbs will turn you into a muscle bound monster who can’t fit into your skinny jeans anymore. (Image source: https://www.deviantart.com/ramartwork/art/She-Hulk-TV-605805160)   Read on and I’ll break down how false this line of thought is! Well, unless you consider developing a ‘squat booty’ a downside – as you might just have to buy new jeans after all… Myths and Misconceptions “You’ll look like a man.” “I don’t want to look bulky, I just want to tone up.” Let’s tackle these together since they are similar lines of thinking. First, it’s physiologically impossible for you to build the muscle mass equivalent to that of a man (or even close to it) without the use of exogenous hormones – steroids and the like. Strength training has a significantly greater hypertrophic effect in men vs. women (9). This is because you simply don’t have the hormones to support such muscle growth. Here is what you might look like if you did partake in some external hormonal support: (Image source: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/317996423674157559/)   If this isn’t your ideal body type that’s okay! Because remember, it won’t happen naturally so let’s just put that fear to rest. I am secretly jealous of those biceps though… Trying to “tone up”? What you’re really asking for is to have an appreciable level of muscle mass and a low enough body fat percentage to see the definition in your muscle. Here is what you’d look like if you did some good ol’ heavy lifting multiple times per week (combined with some healthy eating of course): Strength training + Lower body fat = “Toned”. #nofilter necessary! “Women should train differently to men.” “Women shouldn’t lift heavy weights.” “Lifting heavy weights is dangerous for women.” I couldn’t disagree with these statements more. I won’t try and convince you with my own anecdotal experiences training women (in the same manner I train myself) making some incredible progress; instead here are...

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