“Bodybuilding does not make women look more masculine”
Nowadays, there is a common opinion that doing weight lifting turns women’s body’s into ugly look bulky muscle bound women. This mis-perception has stemmed from the numerous photographs of women bodybuilders who feature the covers of various fitness magazines. However, those kind of body types are not natural. It is an unfortunate fact that most female professional bodybuilders use anabolic steroids to drastically increase their muscle growth. However, typically speaking, female bodybuilders can never become as physically bulky and large as male bodybuilders do. This is simply because of the way women’s body’s are made up. Male bodies also produce a lot more testosterone as compared to females. Testosterone is an essential hormone for the growth of muscles. As women don’t have sufficient amounts of this hormone in their body, they don’t have much of a chance of bulking up and have muscles bulging out from their arms and legs. If you are weight lifting and also avoid taking any anabolic steroids, then you won’t get an ugly looking body like in the magazines. Instead, you’ll develop a body is lean and doesn’t have any excess flab.
Weight training is not the cause of stiffness
One of the more common misconceptions about female bodybuilding training is that if they do a lot of weight lifting and fitness training, their body will eventually become upright and stiff. This is far from the truth. In fact, it’s the other way around. Assuming that your workout routine is consistent and well planned out, you will gain a lot of flexibility in your body. Those women who don’t exercise might feel that the muscles they develop can be a hindrance to moving and walking around. This is another myth and is not true at all. Various cardio exercises such as chin ups, dumbbell presses etc will actually help you to become a lot more flexible.
Muscles don’t turn into fat
Some people have the mistaken belief that after a person stops weight training, all the muscles that they have developed that far would turn into body fat. This is physiologically impossible. What may really happen is that after you have stopped your training routine, your physical activity levels will also decrease a lot, which in turn will cause a lessening of your muscle mass. Also, once you have stopped training, your dietary habits will also change and you will start feel more and more hungry every day as your body is not getting the amount of energy expenditure as it was used to when you were actively training. A lowered metabolic rate along with bad eating routines are the real reasons why fat develops and muscles decrease. This is simply not because your muscles are converted into fat.