Many people believe that women shouldn’t lift weights if they want to retain their feminine bodies and lean appearances. Countless female bodybuilders and strength athletes are living proof that women can build a lot of muscle and appear manly.
But do you know why lifting weights won’t have the same effect on you? Because building muscle is an incredibly difficult and slow process. It takes years of consistent effort, careful planning, and good genetics to build lots of muscle. And even then, progress occurs slowly, over months.
Every muscular physique comes from years of proper nutrition, lots of training, and plenty of recovery. These women consume a lot of food (and often track their calories), lift heavy frequently, and get lots of sleep each night. In other words, these things don’t happen by accident.
Another thing to consider is testosterone – the primary sex hormone in men. Testosterone plays a huge role in physical development, and provides men with unique characteristics including greater height, stronger bones, deeper voices, and more. The interesting part? On average, men have twenty times more testosterone than women. And even they often struggle to build noticeable amounts of muscle. Women have much less circulating testosterone, which is significantly limits their ability to put on muscle.
And finally, we have to address the elephant in the room: performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Because of various legal and ethical reasons, most athletes don’t disclose their steroid use. So, people who don’t know better assume that these women have built so much muscle mass naturally. In reality, steroid use plays a huge role in physical development.
So, no. Unless you eat a ton of food, train incredibly hard, and possibly take vitamin S, you won’t build nearly as much muscle mass as some of these female bodybuilders and strength athletes.