Weightlifting For Women: 10 Untrue Myths You Should Know

by Andy Thompson October 07, 2016

Weightlifting For Women: 10 Untrue Myths You Should Know

Women have been battling indifference for centuries and weight lifting is no different. Serious ladies, how many of you have been told not to lift weights?

Over the last few years, we’ve read about everything you could imagine in concern of women in weightlifting. The good news for the ladies, over half of it is complete B.S. What should women know about weight lifting? In this article, we crack the 5 untrue myths that may be holding the ladies back.

Myth #1 Women Shouldn’t Lift Weights

Weightlifting is for men and men only, women shouldn’t lift weights. Say what? This is the biggest myth in women’s weight lifting, completely untrue.

The ACE (American Council on Exercise) says that lifting heavy weights for fewer reps (5 or less) will help you increase the thickness of muscle fibers. This will make you stronger not thicker.

Studies show women that lift weights are improved strength, endurance and health.

Myth #2 Starting With Heavy Weights If Fit

Women should start out with heavy weight if they’re fit. 100 percent false and here’s why.

First off, this is dangerous. We don’t want you ladies to get injured starting out with big weight, it doesn’t matter if you’re fit or not.

Our suggestion is using the “last rep struggle method.” You could try 5 deadlift reps or until you struggle to complete the rep. Once this rep becomes easy, you can safely add weight ladies.

Myth #3 Muscle Will Turn To Fat If I Stop Lifting

If women start with weight lifting and quit, all the muscles built will turn into fat. WRONG.

Let’s start with the science. Fats cells are not muscle cells and muscles cells are not fat cells. These two can’t morph one way or the other.

It’s not true ladies but we should mention calorie burn. When muscle mass decreases, calorie burn will decrease also. Your body will burn less calories, so you do have to combat with that or at least be aware of it.

Myth #4 If You Don’t Feel The Burn, It’s Not Working

If you’re not sore after working out, weightlifting isn’t working. False, just another weight lifting myth ladies.

Women that are new to weightlifting often believe you need to lift more weight if there’s no soreness the next day after a workout. Rather, the soreness the ladies talk about is due to muscle growth and muscle damage. You should never take soreness as an indicator if weightlifting is working.

Myth #5 Weightlifting Makes Women Look Masculine

If a woman lifts weight, she’ll look too much like a man. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Weight lifting helps you burn fat and build muscles.

This is a huge weightlifting myth for women. Scientific data shoes that women who lift weights are healthier, stronger and leaner.

You can control the way your body looks.

Myth #6 Weightlifting Won’t Help With Weight Loss

You can’t use weightlifting for weight loss. FALSE.

Both women and men can lose weight by lifting weights.

Weight lifting will help you burn calories. However, it’s important to note that your diet will affect your results in a big way. If you’re lifting weights to lose weight, make sure you’re following a proper diet or evaluating your calorie intake.

Myth #7 Weightlifting Is For Men

Only men should lift weights, the sport isn’t for women. Are you kidding me?

Don’t believe it ladies, data shows us more and more women are turning to weight lifting.

You’re more than capable of achieving your weightlifting goals.

Myth #8 Women Shouldn’t Lift Weights Like Men

No lady should “train like a man.” Couldn’t be further from the truth.

Look ladies, there’s no reason for you to believe anyone that says this.

You can plan, set and achieve any weightlifting milestones you want. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

Myth #9 Women Need Supplements To Get Results

Due to a woman’s frame, she’ll need to take supplements to get the results she wants. While taking supplements is ok, they’re not mandatory by any imagination.

Ladies, you can lift weights and get the results you want. Sure, all of our bodies are different, our metabolisms are different and our body reacts differently when compared to one another.

Still, that doesn’t mean you have to take supplements to get specific results. If you put the work in, you can reach your goals with or without supplements.

Myth #10 Weightlifting Is Dangerous For Women

Due to a woman’s size and frame, weightlifting is too dangerous to try. Don’t believe it.

There’s a lot of things in life that are dangerous. As a sport, weight lifting is one of the safest sports in the world, for both men and women.

Yes, accidents happen, but it shouldn’t stop you from achieving the goals you set out to achieve.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

We hope we were able to ease your mind a little. There’s a lot of weightlifting myths for women, many of them being false.

Now that you know the truth, we hope you can get out, set your goals and achieve success.

 

 





Andy Thompson
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