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Back to Reality: Dispelling the Myth

Most women just do not have the genetic potential to cultivate the bulky muscles often associated with bodybuilding. That type of muscle development requires the male hormone, testosterone. While women do have some testosterone in their system, it is not enough to support such growth. An intense program of excessively heavy weight training may help produce bulkier muscles, but only when accompanied by steroids and other artificial means. In fact, if heavy lifting alone resulted in bulky muscles, we would see more moms walking around with bulging biceps from bearing their bundles of joy.

Reality Check: The benefits of weight training, for women (and men), cannot be ignored or underestimated.

  • Increases metabolic rate Enhances & restores bone density Improves balance and coordination
  • Decreases the risk of: Obesity, Heart Disease, Arthritis Type II Diabetes, and Depression
  • Enhances self esteem / body image Improves immune function

Written by Brooks Juneau

May 25, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Posted in Exercise

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