I know very bright, accomplished, successful women who are scared – literally scared – to lift weights.
Somehow, some way, these women have come to believe that even a few seconds of exercising their muscles with weights will result in developing bulky, grotesque, vascular arms and legs like an androgynous champion female bodybuilder who is juiced to the gills with steroids and male hormones.
Who’s telling women these lies?
The truth is that muscles are what give women the shape and firmness they desire so much. Most women don’t want to be “fat” and they don’t want to be “skinny”. And when you think about it, “fat” and “skinny” both imply an absence of muscle.
Muscle is what makes your abs look tight and flat. Muscle is what makes your thighs look sleek and shapely. Muscle is what makes your upper arms look firm.
If that’s not enough, the amount of muscle on your body is a medical biomarker of aging. It measures your real age. As we age we lose muscle and the less you have, the older you are. One of the reasons one 50-year-old woman can look a lot younger than another 50-year-old woman is the amount of muscle she has.
The more you know about the health benefits of strength training the more you realize it’s an all-natural fountain of youth that just happens to have positive cosmetic benefits. What more could you want?
So who’s been telling women the lies about strength training making them androgynous, bulky and gross? Nothing – absolutely nothing – could be further from the truth.
Train with your brain,