Five women's weightlifting myths
Opinions on women’s bodies and behaviour is rife.
The world, for some reason, continues to tell us what and how we should be.
Somewhere out there, the bullshit committee are making up all new things to use against us in a bid to get us to do what they want.
If I can set these five things straight for just a handful of women, it will be worth my time.
Let’s look at the weightlifting myths women have been fed for years, and most importantly, let’s squash them!
Lifting weights makes women bulky
People who say this have no idea just how difficult it is for women to build muscle.
Nothing is going to happen overnight, start the process and see the results for yourself.
Yes, it is possible to keep growing up to that picture most people have in their mind when they think of women’s weightlifting, but you will only look like that if you intend to.
Women shouldn’t train like men
Well then I guess you feel that you shouldn’t work like a man, or do anything else that a man can do? Congratulations, you just re-joined the 1900’s.
Women should train however they please, yes there are biological differences between men and women, but there’s no reason you can’t do everything a man can do.
Everybody is different, two people on exactly the same workout plan will respond differently, stop focusing on what’s around you and focus on yourself.
You must do cardio to lose fat
It is true that cardio is a big fat burner, but it is not the be all and end all of dropping body fat.
You can drop body fat with your diet alone. Many choose to do both, because it can help speed up the process.
The bottom line is calorie deficit, more lean muscle = increased BMR (amount of energy expended at rest), meaning the more muscle you have, the more efficiently your body burns calories at rest.
Think about that next time you want to put all your eggs in the cardio basket.
You should be eating 1200 calories a day
Not if you want to have the strength to do anything. Most people’s BMR is higher than that!
Food is fuel, you don’t need to starve yourself, if your calories are going below 1200 it’s time to take a closer look at your goals and objectives.
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You can turn fat into muscle
Impossible, they are two different things. That’s like saying you can turn your sofa into your fridge.
You can build muscle under fat, and you can lose muscle mass; but you absolutely cannot turn one into the other.