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Why don't women lift?

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    (Original post by JongKey)
    I have to admit, i'm scared to start lifting because i don't want to bulk up. I'm uneducated on how to lift without bulking up too much so i think that's the problem with women and lifting nowadays.
    Don't worry, bulking up is largely down to what you're fuelling yourself with. For example, somebody chowing a lot of protein whilst having a mesomorphic bodytype will bulk up fairly easily (though it'll still be gradual over a month or so), whereas an ectomorphic bodytype who eats a standard meal will find is significantly harder.

    For example, I've been eating food like there's no tomorrow, going to the gym 4 times a week for a month, and I'm still on the lower side of an average muscle build

    So don't worry about turning into a vein-streaked freak after 2 weeks, it's very gradual indeed, especially if you've never built muscle before. And if you think you're getting too muscular? Just lay off for a couple of weeks, watching films and doing some cardio to keep yourself in shape. It's such a safe way for females to keep fit!
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    (Original post by SubAtomic)
    Because many think they'll end up like this after a few pull ups and curls

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    But yeah the girl in your pics has lost her feminine arms. Quite a hench lady.
    No. I think for most of us it's 'I can't be bothered'. Why should we have to lift? There's no important health benefits. If some girls want, they'll head down the gym once a week and do a bit of jogging to remain healthily fit. When it comes to toning up the muscles, it's unimportant. And it isn't particularly feminine, something to strive for. The only reason why someone should have the toned physiques displayed in the OP is if they do sports. If it's just lifting at the gym, I see no point. It is a lot about vanity.
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    I find it hilarious that women are willing to spend all this money on 'firming' creams and lotions when all they have to do it get up off their arse and do some squats.
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    (Original post by SophiaKeuning)
    No. I think for most of us it's 'I can't be bothered'. Why should we have to lift? There's no important health benefits. If some girls want, they'll head down the gym once a week and do a bit of jogging to remain healthily fit. When it comes to toning up the muscles, it's unimportant. And it isn't particularly feminine, something to strive for. The only reason why someone should have the toned physiques displayed in the OP is if they do sports. If it's just lifting at the gym, I see no point. It is a lot about vanity.
    Fair enough if you don't want to do it this is simply untrue. Weight training is actually very beneficial, far more so the hours of cardio and it's been proven to burn more calories, cut the risk of getting osteoporosis and diabetes. I don't do it vanity, I do it because I want to get stronger so I don't keep dislocating my kneecaps, so I can lift heavy things and so I improve my metabolism, as well as make my ass perkier which is a bonus. Plus it's a lot quicker and easier to get results, I can be in and out of the gym is 40 minutes with a mix of weights and cardio. And you won't end up bulky or 'unfeminine' if that's so truly awful, just not flabby.
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    who wants a broad shouldered woman really
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    (Original post by SophiaKeuning)
    The only reason why someone should have the toned physiques displayed in the OP is if they do sports. If it's just lifting at the gym, I see no point. It is a lot about vanity.
    I wasn't saying anything about what a girl should do, each to their own, live and let live and all that. Lifting has more benefits than looking "good", when I train I train for functional strength as in something that I can use to my benefit if need be, chasing a scally wag if they pinch my wallet/phone etc etc.

    I walk everywhere, so for instance on a reasonable day for the UK I would have been a bit of a sweaty mess carrying the shopping back from the shop before I started keep fit.

    I was sharing the opinion of one of the PTs in my old gym in the post you are referring to, where most girls who already go to the gym think if they do a bit of weight lifting they'll end up hench.

    Strength doesn't mean size as a few posts have shown. And strength and fitness can be very useful in certain situations, fight or flee being one of them.

    In this day and age it doesn't do any harm being prepared for a variety of situations. Plus it can be fun and my concentration levels seem much better when I am into my keep fit routine.
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    (Original post by SophiaKeuning)
    No. I think for most of us it's 'I can't be bothered'. Why should we have to lift? There's no important health benefits. If some girls want, they'll head down the gym once a week and do a bit of jogging to remain healthily fit. When it comes to toning up the muscles, it's unimportant. And it isn't particularly feminine, something to strive for. The only reason why someone should have the toned physiques displayed in the OP is if they do sports. If it's just lifting at the gym, I see no point. It is a lot about vanity.
    I want to lift to increase my functional strength and to boost my metabolism. By gaining muscle it'll be a lot harder to randomly gain fat during short periods of sedentary lifestyle when I can't find time to work out since I'll be burning more calories just by way of having muscles that sit there and use them up.

    Most of your post is just prejudiced nonsense, by the way.
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    http://www.drlenkravitz.com/Articles...ncehealth.html

    A good resistance exercise program along with a good diet has numerous benefits to health. I'm surprised people are still unaware of this fact.
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    (Original post by Dark Horse)
    Seriously, why don't they?

    It seems to me that they're always banging on about "losing weight", even when they're underweight. Why do we keep hearing stories about young girls with eating disorders or reading idiotic facebook statuses about "feeling guilty" after eating a chocolate bar, even though their body was probably heavily catabolic and borderline Auschwitz-mode.

    And why do they think that "losing weight" automatically means "look good". Why do they always talk about dress sizes and other irrelevant numbers instead of getting under a ****ing bar and squatting. Have most women ever seen pictures of a woman who lifts?

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    Notice that she doesn't have deeply cut muscles or much bulk? But she's lean and tight. She looks athletic and sexy. She'd be awesome in bed as well, I'd wager, purely because her lifestyle suggests that she has high energy and squats give the hip-thrust an extra "umph". Yes, my friend.

    What are the so-called alternative girls are going for? Well they either diet themselves to this size and cover a flabby physique with flattering clothes or they just sit around declaring weights "not for them" whilst paradoxically wishing they had a physique like the woman in the attachment pictures.

    And don't get me started on crash diets (special k lulz). Anyone who still gets sucked in by them after they seen what happened the first time clearlyneeds help. :rolleyes:



    I'm a girl, and I lift... I do weighted squats & lunges, resistance training using TRX (not weighted I know but still good for toning), use dumbells, tricep pulldown, lat pulldown, push ups, crunches using bosu ball, weighted russian twists on those cord machines..

    Only thing I dislike about that lady is her arms are wayyy to muscley for my likings... I hope I don't get arms like that. Plus in one of the photos, she looks a lot like a dude by the way she's sitting. But that aside.... She looks good.
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    (Original post by cowsforsale)
    http://www.drlenkravitz.com/Articles...ncehealth.html

    A good resistance exercise program along with a good diet has numerous benefits to health. I'm surprised people are still unaware of this fact.
    this is a very interesting read, i agree more people should realise the benefits of resistance training
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    After reading this thread a couple of days ago, I ventured into the weights room at my uni gym for the first time.
    It is the single most intimidating place I have ever been in my life.
    Add to this the fact that I am literally starting from square one. I can barely do 12 bench press reps with a couple of 3kg dumbells.
    If I stick at this I'm sure things will improve but it's going to be hard...
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    (Original post by Cohen)
    After reading this thread a couple of days ago, I ventured into the weights room at my uni gym for the first time.
    It is the single most intimidating place I have ever been in my life.
    Add to this the fact that I am literally starting from square one. I can barely do 12 bench press reps with a couple of 3kg dumbells.
    If I stick at this I'm sure things will improve but it's going to be hard...
    stick at it, nothing worth having is easy. good luck!
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    Out of interest...why the neg?
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    (Original post by Cohen)
    Out of interest...why the neg?
    Because TSR fit is full of retards that hate anyone who wants to try something new/improve themselves.
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    (Original post by Old School)
    Because TSR fit is full of retards that hate anyone who wants to try something new/improve themselves.
    Ah yes of course, silly me.

    Whatever I managed to get done in that weights room, it was certainly something because my arms feel like spaghetti.
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    (Original post by Cohen)
    Ah yes of course, silly me.

    Whatever I managed to get done in that weights room, it was certainly something because my arms feel like spaghetti.
    Good. Weights are awesome.
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    personal prefference I suppose. I love the fitness model / miss trained figure look.
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    (Original post by stayce88)
    personal prefference I suppose. I love the fitness model / miss trained figure look.
    But they lift weights...?
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    (Original post by desijut)
    But they lift weights...?
    Dont see what point you are making?
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    (Original post by stayce88)
    Dont see what point you are making?
    Your reply was pretty ambiguous. 'Personal preference' implied it was your preference not to lift weights, when I presume you mean that other women choose not to while you choose to lift.

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