Whether you’re a female Powerlifter, Olympic lifter, or Cross Fitter most of us have been asked the annoying question “Aren’t you afraid of getting too bulky?” The myth that women shouldn’t lift heavy is slowing dying down. Strength training for women does not turn females into bulky bodybuilders that resemble men. Depending on one’s goal, it takes many years to even achieve that level of dense muscle such as “bodybuilders” along with a very different program. As a relatively small Powerlifter at only a 123lbs., my mission is to lay this myth to rest and prove the benefits of heavy lifting versus believing what the fitness industry preaches about women and heavy lifting.
Strength is the ultimate foundation of everything we do. It is a necessary requirement to facilitate our performance in our activities of daily living. The optimal health one gains from strength training has tremendous benefits. Strong muscles help support the connective tissue surrounding joints, increases bone density to decrease the risk of osteoporosis, and help develop the body one desires. Training with heavy weight makes women strong, powerful, confident, and sexy!
Women are just as strong as men. Obviously men can develop a substantial amount of muscle growth because of their high levels of testosterone. Women have much lower levels of natural testosterone; however, with high intensity/heavy strength training, women can achieve a high level of quality muscle mass along with outstanding levels of strength without resembling a male’s physique. Ladies – when you’re to the point of lifting over 300lbs off the floor, trust me, it outweighs the thought of becoming “bulky”.
We live in an instant gratification society. We all want the easy way out without working for anything. Well, it doesn’t work like that. Social media substantially contributes to this. We come across someone’s page who’s most likely been training for a while and we instantly want to become as strong as them or believe we have to achieve that image they are portraying. Don’t get me wrong – social media is a great outlet for inspiration, connecting and building that community with others. When one starts to take the focus off oneself and begins to compare one’s image to others is when it becomes determinant to one’s confidence level and may create a self-image problem.
We must keep in mind that everyone is genetically differently particularly individual somatotypes (body type). Therefore, your diet, style of technique in any exercise movement, training protocols, and physique will vary drastically from the person you’re following on social media.
Just remember to have fun, do this for yourself and focus on your individual goals!