Women & Weights Myths Debunked!

21 12 2010


#1 Weight training makes you Less Flexible

When performing all exercises through their full range of motion, flexibility will increase. Correctly executed exercises, such as dead lifts, chin-up, will increase your stretching capabilities.

#2 Weight training makes you bulky and masculine.

Due to the fact that women do not, and cannot, naturally produce as much testosterone (one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size) as males do, it is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely touching some weights. Unfortunately, this is the very common myth and the image that comes to your mind of professional female bodybuilder. Most of these women use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. They spend hours in the gym lifting very heavy weights. It doesn’t happen by accident that they look like that. Women who conduct weight training without the use of steroids get the firm and fit cellulite-free looking body that you see in most fitness magazines.

#3 Exercise increases your chest size.

Not quite so… Women’s breasts are composed mostly of fatty tissue. Therefore, it is impossible to increase breast size through weight training. As a matter of fact, if you go below 12 percent body fat, your breast size will decrease. The only way to increase your breast size is by gaining fat or getting breast implants.

#4 If you stop weight training your muscles turn into fat.

Muscle and fat are two totally different types of tissue. What happens many times is that when people decide to go off their weight training programs they start losing muscle due to inactivity (use it or lose it) and they also usually drop the diet as well. Therefore bad eating habits combined with the fact that their metabolism is lower due to inactivity, and lower degrees of muscle mass, give the impression that the subject’s muscle is being turned into fat while in reality what is happening is that muscle is being lost and fat is being accumulated.

#5 Weight training turns fat into muscle.

The way a body transformation occurs is by gaining muscle through weight training and losing fat through aerobics and diet simultaneously. Again, muscle and fat are very different types of tissue. We cannot turn one into the other.


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