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4 Female Weightlifting Myths Debunked – Facts You Need to Know

Story Highlights
  • Lifting weights will make you manly or bulky.
  • Weightlifting will not make you lose weight/fat.
  • Lifting weights is dangerous, especially for older women.
  • Muscle will turn into fat if I stop training.

We hear a lot that weightlifting is not for women. Is it true? Here are some of the most common myths about training women and why you should not worry about them. 

Lifting weights will make you manly or bulky.

Training with weights does not make you look manly or bulky; that is one of the most common misconceptions of women; in fact, it does the exact opposite. It brings out the natural shape of women and enhances the shape of the muscle, considering the training you are doing. Women also have low levels of testosterone, the hormone that makes muscles grow, and since men have higher levels of testosterone, they are more likely to build muscles faster than women. Different types of training and your diet will also determine your body composition. And yes, we have at least 60-70% control over our body compositions if we train and eat well. The rest is up to genetics. 

Weightlifting will not make you lose weight/fat.

Another misconception is that weightlifting does not help you lose weight and will make you gain weight. Cardio is not the only option; people who add resistance training to their cardio and running routines have better results than those who only do cardio. When you lift weights, you are burning calories even after you work out due to the energy the body uses for muscle recovery, but as soon as your cardio stops, you stop burning calories. 

Lifting weights is dangerous, especially for older women.

Anything can be dangerous if done improperly. With proper technique and form, weightlifting can be the most rewarding exercise. You will

have to add more weights and resistance to grow and gain strength. Older women are no exception to gaining the benefits of weight training. According to research, it helps with joint pain and stronger muscles even in old age. Osteoporosis can be slowed down by exercise. Proper form is required, and everything else falls into place. 

Muscle will turn into fat if I stop training.

This is a famous myth that your physique will change when you stop training, and the muscles will turn into fat. Fat and muscle are two different components in the body, if you stop training and eat the same way, fat (adipose tissue) will accumulate in your body in the natural way your body stores fat, but muscle does not transform to fat. The muscles can lose their strength, and the muscle cells will shrink, reducing their appearance. With less training and calorie intake, the fat cells expand. 

So, in summary, weightlifting does not make you look manly; it is not dangerous and will help you lose weight, making it a valuable addition to your exercise regime. So, lift those weights, ladies.

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