So this is probably one of the most common things I hear when talking to women about lifting weights. I’m sure any of you who read this that also lift have heard it too. It’s hard to keep a straight face every time I hear it. Reason being, it takes a whole lot of work and a whole lot of time to put on muscle for all women. We have estrogen which gives us naturally more body fat than men and not much testosterone. In fact men have 10 times more testosterone than women. This allows men to put on muscle size a whole lot easier and faster than women. (Sorry to say this guys)!
With that being said, it is of course possible for women to naturally put on size, muscularity, definition, even see some striations. I have some cuts and striations myself. It literally took years of heavy lifting and dieting to be able to see them. I had to really try for them. And I love them. Maybe 7 years ago I would not have. But there is something about the constant effort one puts forth to improve. I find that I personally am never satisfied and I am always trying to better myself to the next level. I honestly don’t know too many people who train that are satisfied. That is part of what keeps us coming back for more.
For those of you who are just starting out you definitely do not need to worry about getting too muscular. The first thing a trainer would most likely start you with is a fat loss program. If your goal is not to put on size you will not be given a program that will work towards that. You will most likely do circuit training with a combination of resistance training also. Now, just because you are touching weighted objects this does not mean you will wake up with a bodybuilder’s arms. Like I said, that takes years of heavy lifting and is an entirely different way of training.
I will say though, don’t be surprised as you start leaning down and toning up, it may change your perspective on how you see yourself. You may find that little tricep that is starting to show is awfully sexy and you would love if it were just a little bigger and more defined 😉
Remember it isn’t about how others see you. It’s about how you see yourself and how you feel about yourself. What we all view as attractive on a woman’s body is very different. You should only be focused on what you think. Some may think that I am too muscular. Well that is fine. You don’t need to train like I do and look like I do. I promise you will not just wake up with bulging biceps one morning. (Unfortunately) it doesn’t work like that. 😉
So don’t limit yourself with preconceived notions about weight training. Training is an amazing confidence booster and as you start to achieve the goals you set for yourself you may find that you want to set some more goals and crush them too!