The phrase “bodybuilding women” conjures up different images for different people. Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind is a woman who has good muscle tone, a small waist, flat tummy, and is well-proportioned. On the other hand, you may picture a muscle-bound woman with a physique that looks similar to that of a man. Regardless of what you think, the truth is that most women who have huge muscles tend to take steroids. That’s because the male hormone testosterone is needed to produce bulky muscles. However, we will be taking a more sensible approach to getting fit.
If you’re a woman and would like to slim down and tone up, then joining your local gym and taking a bodybuilding course is a good idea. Getting a personal trainer who has experience with helping women, specifically, is also a smart move. After all, no matter how equal men and women are in some areas, they are quite different when it comes to biology. For example, women tend to accumulate fat deposits in different areas of the body and would want to target those parts more than a man would.
“But what if I stop working out and all of my muscle turns to fat?” Believe it or not, this is a common concern amongst people who are not sure about working out. But you can put your mind at ease as it’s physically impossible for muscle to turn into fat, or vice-versa. It would be kind of like believing a piece of chicken could turn into ice cream if you let it sit long enough. When you’re working out, you tend to need more calories to fuel your body. But if you keep eating the same amount of calories, and stop exercising, then your body isn’t burning off those extra calories and you’ll gain weight.
That being said, it is important for bodybuilding women to try to maintain a regular workout schedule. Once you reach a certain level, you may find it hard to lose more weight or get fitter. This is commonly referred to as reaching a plateau. When this happens you can either push harder (be sure to consult with your trainer) to get past it, or you can go into maintenance mode where you exercise just enough to stay at your current level.
Even though you will be focused on bodybuilding, you still should do cardiovascular workouts as part of your routine. Generally speaking, weight lifting will add tone and some muscle mass, while cardiovascular exercises will help you to lose weight and improve your overall health. If anybody tells you that you have to give up one form of exercise for the other, don’t believe them; you can do both.
Bodybuilding women are not some sort of strange creatures that are meant to be ridiculed. They are simply average women who want to look their best and be healthy. You don’t have to worry about looking like a man, but you can certainly feel great about looking your best.