Not So Different After All

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I knew they had just as soon as I hit “Publish”. I knew I would have at least one or two comments from our readers are wondering about building muscle after last week applied for them too. You see, conventional wisdom has somewhat drilled into our heads the stupid idea that men and women are totally different species, especially when it comes to development. There are clear differences – everyone who has been married will be able to tell you! – But that does not alter the fact that we are all homo sapiens with the same basic physiological makeup. And therefore held that Weight Watchers will push the chronic cardiovascular, ankle weights, and step classes because of some underlying self-defeating assumption that women are not “meant” to lift heavy weights. It’s crazy, it’s absurd, and it is downright insulting. Men and women have different work capacity and various natural inclinations, but the body continues to function the same way.

“But I do not want to get big and bulky!”

I knew they had just as soon as I hit “Publish”. I knew I would have at least one or two comments from our readers are wondering about building muscle after last week applied for them too. You see, conventional wisdom has somewhat drilled into our heads the stupid idea that men and women are totally different species, especially when it comes to development. There are clear differences – everyone who has been married will be able to tell you! – But that does not alter the fact that we are all homo sapiens with the same basic physiological makeup. And therefore held that Weight Watchers will push the chronic cardiovascular, ankle weights, and step classes because of some underlying self-defeating assumption that women are not “meant” to lift heavy weights. It’s crazy, it’s absurd, and it is downright insulting. Men and women have different work capacity and various natural inclinations, but the body continues to function the same way.

If anyone is still worried about looking like a bodybuilder female, just take a look at this selection of videos.

There is another common, and I can not really blame them. Have you ever seen a female bodybuilding competition, especially one in which the drug testing agencies are asleep at the wheel? Women are scary and incredibly ripped (for my money, guys just look so weird), but more importantly, they just do not look right. In fact, this is an area where sex specific underlying physiological limit (god thank you!): Women who testicle free, does not produce enough natural testosterone for pecs Highlights (where does the breasts of any how?) and thigh engorged without supplementing with steroids (synthetic testosterone, mainly). Men generally do not produce enough natural testosterone (the ultimate bodybuilding hormone) for adults, and most of us are still struggling to build a significant amount of muscle. Imagine how difficult it is to take the volume for a woman.

Women’s Olympic-style Weightlifting Championship 2007 Arnold Weightlifting (below): None Arnold doubles, women as strong, making the Olympic lifts.
 

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