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Should Women Avoid Lifting Weights?

By Russ Hollywood

There is much confusion surrounding women’s fitness these days. Should women lift weights if they are trying to build a lean, toned physique? The answer seems to differ depending who you ask. Today you’ll get the facts on this subject, as well as finding out what supplements to take in order to keep your fitness journey on track.

The fitness industry, much like life itself, continues to evolve and develop with every year that passes. Just think how far computers have come in the last two decades. You wouldn’t go back to using a Commodore 64 now when you have an iPhone 4, right? Yet the fitness industry has undergone a similar journey during this time and there are many folks out there who still follow outdated advice.

They’ll tell you that you should stay away from protein powder because it will damage your kidneys. They’ll lead to you believe you need to spend two hours per day on a treadmill to lose weight. They’ll also have you believing that ladies need to stick to lifting pink, fluffy dumbbells for hundreds of repetitions to tone up. One thing is common in these individuals, and that is a lack of results. [What do you think, should women lift weights or not? Find out in today\'s video.]

Thanks to the ongoing scientific research which is carried out many of the old wives tales about fitness have been confined to the ‘myths’ category. Unfortunately, there are so many people who are still stuck in those old ways that the new research tends to go unnoticed by the majority.

Contrary to what you may have been told in the past, lifting weights is excellent for losing fat. Furthermore, if you aspire to achieve a lean, ripped body then they are a vital part of your training program.

But isn’t it true that you’ll end up looking like a bodybuilder?

No, you will not. Imagine if building lean muscle was as easy as simply picking up some dumbbells a few times per week. Every guy in your workplace would own the physique of Rambo! It’s not that easy, and bodybuilders only obtain that type of muscular physique by dedicating their lifestyle to their craft. If you want to bring out the definition in your muscles then you need to start doing some form of resistance training on a regular basis.

One of the main reasons why ladies shouldn’t be concerned with the prospect of gaining a lot of muscle mass is testosterone. Testosterone levels are severely lower in females than in males and this factor alone is enough to squash any doubts lingering in the back of your mind. This also squashes the myth that ladies must do high rep sets to avoid gaining size, so feel free to pick up a weight which actually challenges you next time.

There is no need to be scared of big movements such as the bench press and squat. In fact, these are the type of multiple joint exercises which will provide you with stunning results if you perform them regularly.

Supplements are often over complicated but in truth the key is in the name. It is there to supplement a good diet and exercise program, not replace it. So keep things simple with a good whey protein product and possibly a creatine monohydrate to boost explosive strength when you train.

Learning what supplements to take is nowhere near as difficult as it’s sometimes made out to be. If your diet and exercise routine is good then you can get great results without needing to take dozens of pills throughout the day! So, should women lift weights? Absolutely.

About the author: Russ Howe PTI answers the question should women lift weights in the gym today. He also teaches you what supplements to take to achieve your goal in his latest free guide which is out right now.

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Hollywood, Russ "Should Women Avoid Lifting Weights?." Should Women Avoid Lifting Weights?. 9 Apr. 2013. 13 Sep 2014 <>.

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