Even though female bodybuilding is gaining popularity it has never been as prominent when compared to their counterpart. Unfortunately, there are lost of misconceptions about female bodybuilding, which is doing no good in promoting it. Truth is there are always myths about bodybuilding in general. In this article, lets look at some of the common misconceptions about female weight training and bodybuilding.
Myth # 1 – Bodybuilding will give you a masculine look.
By looking at all those women who appear in Ms.Olympiad its easy to get this opinion. But the truth in those women who appear masculine is that they want to look masculine. One of the major hormone that increases in muscle growth is testosterone and is naturally produced in male body but not in the female body. Hence female bodybuilders have an opinion that they wont be able to develop muscles unless they use steroids and drugs in order to achieve high muscularity. Women can achieve firm, fit and healthy looking body if they can workout without taking any artificial steroids and drugs.
Myth # 2 – Bodybuilding reduces agility and makes one stiff.
Myth # 2 – You will lose your agility because of bodybuilding.
Myth # 2 – Bodybuilding causes stiffness and reduces your agility.
This will only happen if you just want to workout certain part of your body. If your perform exercises that have a full range of motion your agility will increase. Therefore, one should be careful with the exercise you do if you want to make yourself stiff.
This is a common misconception about bodybuilding in general. This can happen if you train badly and only workout certain parts of your body. The exercises you perform have to benefit the entire range of your body. So if you have proper guidance this won’t happen.
The truth is you can lose your agility and become a robot if you don’t workout every part of the body. Unless and until you have a very bad trainer who doesn’t tell you that you need to workout the entire range of your body, this can’t happen.
Myth # 3 – Bodybuilding turns fat in to muscles.
Myth # 3 – All your fat will become muscles if you get into bodybuilding.
Myth # 3 – As a result of bodybuilding, body fat will turn to muscles.
Losing fat and gaining muscle are two different thing. If one has a high fat content in your body, then you need to have a proper diet and do aerobics if you want to lose fat. To gain muscles you need to workout. You can not turn fats into muscles just by doing weight training.
To be honest i have no idea why people have such an opinion. Fat and muscles are two different types of body tissues and they have no connection. Bodybuilding can help you build muscles but if your goal is to lose fat, then you have a healthy diet and do aerobics.
Getting into bodybuilding thinking that they can turn their body fat in to muscles, is as absurd as it can get. Bodybuilding will help you to grow your muscles. But if you want to lose fat, you need to exercise and have a proper diet.
On the other hand, people also say that if you stop doing weight training, muscles will turn back in to fat. The reason many lose their muscle after stopping working is simply because of inactivity and poor eating habits.
Also in the same way, many believe that if you stop your training all the muscles you have gained will become fat. Bodybuilders who stop training become fat mainly because of poor eating habits and inactivity.
When bodybuilders stop training, usually they gain fat because of poor eating habits and also of inactivity. Because of these many get an opinion that muscles will turn back into fat if you stop training. This is not true. You can still maintain your muscles if you have healthy eating habits and do moderate exercise.
Myth # 4 – Bodybuilding will increase your breast size.
Myth # 4 – Breast size will increase because of bodybuilding.
Myth # 4- Bodybuilding can increase the size of the breast.
But the honest truth is at best in will reduce the size of the breast. Since the female breast is mainly made up of fat, there is no direct effect of weight training on your breast. If the body fat percentage goes below 12 percent, it can lead to the reduction of the breast size. Since weight training increases the size of the back, it creates a misconception about an increase in breast size.
The reason for having such an opinion is that, the size of your back will increase if you do bodybuilding. Hence it creates an impression of increased breast size. Since the female breast is made up of fat, bodybuilding has no direct effect on it. But as a result of weight training and bodybuilding, if your body fat percentage falls below 12%, your breast size may actually reduce.
For female bodybuilders, their size of their back increase as of bodybuilding. This gives an impression about the increase in the size of the breast. But actually at best bodybuilding can only reduce the size of your breast. Fat is the main component of female breast, hence the size of the breast can reduce if the body fat percentage falls below 12%.
Even though there are so many myths about bodybuilding, these some of the most common myths of them. A female body builder will have a better stamina and health when compared to a normal woman. If you want to get into bodybuilding, but then have some questions in mind, its better you ask experts who knows a thing about rather than your friends and family members. Many expert female bodybuilders are a part of bodybuilding forum. So you can just visit these forums and get your questions answered.
By: Jason Fadien