There are many myths when it comes to the subject of females and training. In fact, many have the misconception that for a female to lift weights or train seriously she will become like the stereotype Miss Olympia bodybuilder. These myths cause many females to shy away from the training that would create for them the lean, fit, sexy body that they desire. The following articles break open a couple of those myths . . .
You hear it time and again from females in and out of the gym, when it is suggested to them that they either a) lift weights, or b) increase the weight that they are lifting. "I don't want to do that, because I don't want to look like a man." Many people, males included, have come to believe that for a female to lift weights means that she will somehow transform into the stereotype image of the female bodybuilder. This is simply NOT the reality of females and resistance training. This article will discuss and compare the physiology, the hormonal adaptations to resistance training, and the role of diet in gaining muscle, in both males and females.
There are many products in the supplement industry that are used in pursuit of muscle accretion, strength gains, or fat loss. One such product is a testosterone booster. Testosterone boosters are generally avoided by females (and sometimes recommended against), due to the fear that they will cause androgenic side effects (which they will NOT), because of ignorance on how the product affects the female physiology. Then there is the other side of the coin, where females look to (and males recommend) a testosterone booster, believing that by elevating their testosterone levels they will get faster gains and experience the same results as a male with increased testosterone. Both ideas are inaccurate. This article will focus on the latter, discussing the endogenous female response of testosterone to resistance exercise; and which hormone/s should be optimized to provide muscle accretion, strength gains, or fat loss in women.
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