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Can Women Build Big Muscles?
Can Women Build Big Muscles? Why Women Can't Build Big Muscles Easily by Chris Chew
Why Is It Difficult For Women To Build Big Muscles?
"I don't want to workout lifting weights because I don't want to build big muscles " or "I just do aerobics and sit ups to lose weight because if I lift weights, I may build muscle and looked like a man."
Ladies. Have you made these comments before? Awww... c'mon ladies, if you have ever uttered these words, you have just done a terrible disservice to yourself and are missing out on many great benefits that working out with weights can give you.
Have you ever pointed to your belly or butt and sweetly proclaimed, "I want lose weight here." So managed to convince yourself that sweating profusely is the answer to a slim and beautiful body and you hit the gym day in and day out just to sweat off your tummy or butt fats!
So you peddle away on your stationary bike in the gym just like
You never even bother take a look at the weight lifting machines or the free weights lying everywhere in the gym not to say even touching those weights. Gosh! This terrible myth of building big muscles on women is creating so much fear in women, causing them never to train with weights at their detriment.
Ladies! If you are listening, I want to say this loud and clear. There is no way women will build big huge muscles unless you are on special supplementation and specially designed training system. Some of those muscle bound ladies you have seen may even be taking steroids which are banned and obviously harmful. never never touch steroids to build muscles.
So the: 'why is it difficult for women to build big muscles?' Well, it is simply because you do not have enough of testosterone, a male hormone that encourages your muscles to grow. In fact, women have ten to thirty times less of bodybuilding hormones, testosterone than their male counterparts.
Women who accept the myth that they will build big muscles if they workout with weights will miss out on all of the benefits that weightlifting and bodybuilding can offer. This myth is so ingrained in women's psyche that even after explaining the facts to my women clients, they are still afraid to lift weights.
So will women who lift weights in their
workouts build more muscle tissue? Yes, of course, but it will
not be those big huge muscles like those of bodybuilders. Your
muscles will just tone your body shape resulting in a tight,
firm, healthy, attractive and desirable body. The body shape
that is ever so sexy and healthy. Yes, you may have noticed an
increase in weight when you step on a scale. This is because
muscles weigh more than fat. Thus, as you increase your muscle
tissue, your weight will increase but your fats will be reduced
Muscle burn calories naturally even when you are sleeping. In fact, research has shown that for each kilo of muscle you build, you will burn 70-100 more calories per day. So, if you gain 2 kilos of muscle and lose 2 kilos of fat, you will burn about 75 more calories per kilo, which equates to burning 150 additional calories per day, which translates into 4200 additional calories per month and ultimately results in a fat or weight loss of 7-8 kilos a year without doing anything! One kilo is 2.2 pounds. Doesn't that sound great?
Another reason that women should do weightlifting is the
benefit it can have on your bones. Weight training is a
powerful preventive action against osteoporosis, a disease
caused by porous bone and low bone density. Women has a much
higher risk than men to suffer from osteoporosis. In fact, most
women will suffer from this disease as they age. Those plagued
with osteoporosis have an increased susceptibility to
fractures. These fractures can even be fatal. So, women should
exercise with weight to strengthen and increase bone density.
Research has shown that six months of weightlifting may
So, don't completely swear off weightlifting fearing that training with weights will build big muscles and turn you into an Incredible Hulk! You won't and you can't. Period.
OK girls, the weights are over there. Let's lift them now! Have
Copyright 2005 Chris Chew is a fitness personal trainer
based in Singapore. He count actors, models, pageant winners
and other celebrities amongst his clients. He is the author of "Burn Fat Build Muscles Fast" ebook at http://www.sgfitness.com He runs a fitness school at http://www.sgfitnessonline.com and
has appeared in the media and TV on numerous occasions.