Still there is a notion worldwide that women must not train with weights. The idea is very much prevalent in countries like India. Though I think that this idea is wrong, still I want a frankexchange of opinions on this topic. Can a woman can be bautyful and strong at the same time? What is your notion about beauty of women? Do you like women to build muscles?
All these questions lead to the final one..do you suggest women to take up hard weight training??
This is nonsense. Of course women can weight train and be beautiful. I have been using weights for 30 years and as a result I'm now in my 50s, not only is my body firm and toned, i feel great, and I look years younger than my age. Women who workout and weight train not only look better but are more healthy and have better bones. There is no reason why any woman shouldn't weight train. I'm not sure what you mean by "hard" weight training, but women just don't have the muscle mass that men do, so as a rule, they don't get the gigantic muscles that everyone is afraid of. Fit always looks better than flab.
I love weight training. It's very important for all women to do weight training. It will not cause women to be muscular.
As a qualified fitness instructor i've only really come across a few women who think weight training will make thnem "butch" and muscular.
People can be styrong without having big muscles and women have a general pre disposition to not pack on large amounts of muscle
I have a friend who is an IFBB pro and she is very feminine looking
Beauty is relative to the person. I love to see a women who is toned and phsyically fit however you don't have to be muscular to be fit!
I've been in the field of physical fitness for more than 45 yrs.
I owned 2 gyms, was a personal trainer long before one had to pass a course and get licensed, and I competed in both natural bodybuilding and powerlifting and I'm still doing it in my late 60's.
The only real difference between the male and female body is that men are loaded with "testosterone," which is an androgenic hormone that simply makes men masculine and able to develop heavy muscle tissue.
Of course the ladies do have small amounts of testosterone but they are loaded with a hormone called estrogen which simply put makes a woman a woman.
There is no reason why a woman shouldn't workout with weights and do the same exercises men do.
When a womans body is toned and feminely muscled, she epitomizes beauty and radiates good health!
I have worked out with women who "shoot-up" androgenic drugs and want to develop large muscles and power, They become hirsute, their voices deepen, their jaws widen and they do make the kinds of gains they want, but they sacrifice their femininity in so doing.
If you ladies want to workout with weights, go for it. Muscle building will be slow.
It all depends upon what you seek as results, what the end result will be.
Let me offer a little advice. Dumbell workouts for the upper body! Squats, lunges, leg press, thigh extensions and curls for the legs.
Don't forget to do deadlifts to keep the muscles that support the spine strong and to maintain great posture.
Circuit training is also excellent!
But remember that diet is the most important factor in gaining and remaining in great physical condition.
Go for it ladies...:
I started seriously working out four years ago, when I turned 50 and joined a group that I've been with since (now almost 55). My original intention was just to stay healthy and get stronger as I grew older. I love weight training. I feel great, I love my muscles and love how I feel strong and confident. That's the key, feeling confident, healthy and strong. There is no reason for women NOT to be able to weight train.
You rock, Danette, and are doing what public health officials recommend in order to maintain strong and healthy muscles and bones. This in turn prevents falls and injuries as one gets older.
I don't do weight training but know I should. It's something that all women, especially those who are in menopause or beyond should do (provided they don't have any medical conditions that would make it dangerous to their health.)
Women who work out with weights several times a week do not generally get bulging muscles, they generally just tone and strengthen their muscles and look more fit and beautiful than women who don't.
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