Does Lifting Weights Make Women Look Less Feminine?

Does Lifting Weights Make Women Look Less Feminine?

Lifting Weights

This is something I hear a lot when talking to new clients at the gym. For many women, the fitness regimen consists of long sessions of cardio training, perhaps with some very light exercise and high reps. When I ask "Why are you training the way you are?" Most of the time a client will tell me that he is trying to lose some body fat and slim down in fitness.

Some go into more detail about how they'd like to tighten their arms, have smaller, well-defined legs, or a flat stomach with some muscle underneath. Now, unfortunately, there is no such thing as a spot reduction, it is physically impossible for a person to lose body fat in a specific area of ​​the body, but this is a whole new topic for another day.

I always ask if they include any weight training in their program, and the majority of women say no, or yes, but with light weights and high reps. But why is it this way? Often many women avoid the weight zone because they fear that lifting weights will lead to a significant increase in muscle, and after all they just want in tune. It's hard to figure out where the idea of ​​"toning" came from because in reality there is no such thing as you are either building muscle or not.

The toned look that many women seek is created through weight training to build the muscles underneath and then lose body fat through a well-structured feeding program. Hours of cardio, high exercise, and low-weight exercises will leave you frustrated with little results. Most of my clients say they have avoided weight gain in the past for fear of becoming "bulky" or having muscles like men. Although I'm sure we've all seen pictures of bodybuilders, and I have a lot of respect for the hard work and dedication that they put into their passion, women can't look this way from a short period of weight training. If it were that easy then why not everyone raised looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Phil Heath?

While a man can build muscle quickly and easily, this is not the case for women. Why is this? It all comes down to hormones. Testosterone is the main hormone responsible for building muscle, and while women do have some testosterone, it doesn't come close to the male level. So it stands to reason that they could build some muscle, but not at the same speed or speed as men.

So what happens when women lift weights? They build muscles slowly which will help improve their fitness. More muscle tissue in the legs makes the thighs and buttocks leaner, and developing the arms can help combat bingo wings. Building muscle tissue in the shoulders and back will create the illusion of a smaller waist and help create an hourglass fugue.
But what about body fat? While weightlifting will burn calories, the only way to lose body fat is to identify a calorie deficit, through a well-structured nutrition program, as mentioned in a previous blog, "The Only Diet That Really Works." If you decide that you want to look more in shape and thus follow a very difficult fat loss diet, with so little muscle underneath, you end up with a skeleton. However, with some well-defined muscles, you will create that 'cool woman' physique that you are looking for.

So in conclusion, women should lift weights because this will lead to the physical fitness that many women seek by building "toned" muscles and aiding in fat loss to get in shape.

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