Sorry guys, today’s blog is for the ladies. However, it would be good for they guys to read it too if you’re afraid your spouse or girlfriend’s desire to try lifting heavy weights might turn her into a huge muscular version of the late wrestler Chyna. There’s still a taboo out there about ladies lifting heavy weights or doing CrossFit because they’ll end up looking “manly”, which is far from the truth.
Muscle growth is heavily influenced by the amount of testosterone our body creates (yes, women produce testosterone, just as men’s bodies produce estrogen). Us guys have a hard enough time trying to get big, bulky muscles and we typically have 10-15 times more testosterone than women. Of course there are always rare exceptions of genetics… but without steroids it makes it near impossible for most women to develop enough muscle mass to turn them into looking like a pro linebacker. Neither lifting heavy weights or CrossFit are going to spike your testosterone levels (if it did, every guy lifting or doing CrossFit would look like Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime).
What a good training routine can do for you is save you from endless hours of cardio and starvation dieting (which tends to be the mainstream belief), and you can do it while developing nicely toned muscles to boot! Don’t get me wrong. You will add muscle on a good program… and that’s a terribly good thing! Remember, muscle is much denser than fat so don’t go by what the scale reads to judge your progress. Look at some of these before and after pictures of people at nearly the same weight:
Scroll down to the 7th post.
What does 180 look like?
How does an extra 5 pounds (of muscle) look?
I’m going to put a shameless plug in here. I’m not affiliated with Mike Matthews or get a single penny for this, but I’ve read his books and followed his training recommendations when I first started out and feel he provides an excellent starting point for beginners who want to “do it themselves” or just learn more about the basics of healthy living. His book Thinner Leaner Stronger is targeted specifically for women to help them on their fitness journey. Even if you join a gym and have a personal trainer, or aren’t new to nutrition and lifting weights, the information in the book is invaluable. And for you guys that made it through to the end of this blog, never fear, there’s a version of the book targeted for us and helping build big, bulky muscles titled Bigger Leaner Stronger.
So don’t worry ladies, you can have the best of both worlds. You can be both feminine and strong. Bad-ass and sexy. The choice to be or not to be is yours. Pick up the book and give it a read. Just know there are plenty of people out there on the same journey that will support you on your way. If you ever want to meet some of the best support givers that are in the world (who are also on their own fitness journey), stop by Get Mean Crossfit and say hi to our members. I promise they won’t bite (or at least they haven’t bitten any newcomers yet). 🙂
Till next week…. stay healthy, stay happy, and stay strong! ~Ryan
PS. Sorry for being a day late on this blog. I’m actually trying to follow my own advice and get some rest, which put me a little behind this week.