Women, Don’t Worry; Men, Sorry

September 21, 2009

I’m an advocate of weight training along with cardiovascular training and a varied, healthful diet.  When it comes to weight training, some women have been initially reluctant to participate in it because, they say, they don’t “want to get bulky”.  Some men, on the other hand, want to become as big (muscle-wise) as possible.  Well, ladies, don’t worry about becoming extremely bulky like a female bodybuilder; and men, I’m sorry, but you’re not going to wind up looking like Arnold Schwarzeneggar in his bodybuilding heyday.

Why is this?  Because it is not humanly possible to naturally develop muscle like that of a high-level professional bodybuilder.  The key word in that previous sentence, of course, is “naturally”.  It is true that some people have a genetically determined, natural ability to develop more muscle mass than others.  However, human beings cannot develop the kind of muscle you see in a Mr. Universe or Mr. Olympia or Ms. Olympia contest; that is, not unless they use pharmaceutical enhancements.

Natural Muscle

Natural Muscle

So, have no fear of becoming freakish looking from lifting weights.  You won’t, unless you decide to take steroids.  Lift hard and regularly; allow yourself a few days rest between workout sessions for the same body part; and eat a “clean” diet.  If you do this, ladies, you will develop a “toned”, healthy body; and men, you will develop a strong, healthy body; and that is something you can count on.


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14 Responses to “Women, Don’t Worry; Men, Sorry”

  1. Rob Northrup says:

    When people are looking for an excuse to not go to the gym,

    one excuse is as good as any other excuse. I don’t want to look like Arnold is just one of many….

    Seize the Day,
    Emergency Preparedness For the 21st Century Family

  2. Good copy for the headline of your post!

    It evoked curiosity!

    Also good to hear the real facts. Thanks.

    Bert (alter ego- Mister P)

  3. This is great! I remember when I used to workout at a gym, other women would say to me “oh, I’d never do that. I don’t want to look like one of those girls in the bodybuilding magazines!” I couldn’t help but laugh right at them and say “Do you have any idea how much work and effort it took for those girls to look like that? You don’t just go to the gym a few times a week and wake up one day looking like a female bodybuilder!” (Although many of us wish it was that easy!!!)

    Lisa McLellan
    Babysitting Services – Babysitters and Nannies

  4. Vicki says:

    I am one of those women who say I don’t want to look like that. I just want toned muscles at this age. I’m not competing for Ms America just trying to stay fit.


  5. Katie says:

    It kinda depends on the lady’s physique . . . while she won’t become Ms. Olympia, she might end up with huge thighs if she cycles a lot for example. If she wants to be long and lean but her natural build is short and squatty, lifting will enhance the squattiness. She’ll be lean for her build, but she was never built long and lean to begin with so . . .

    It’s all about perception. It would be great if folks were concerned with health instead of just looking great naked, but so it goes.

    Finding the health formula, Katie

  6. I still hear women say that even after all the science out there says otherwise.


  7. Martin says:

    Is that one of the reasons that muscle bulk does not necessarily equate to “strength”.

  8. I’m sorry, what did you say? I got COMPLETELY side-tracked with that naked chest shot. NICE! now that is the kind of manly chest I like. Fit. In shape. Not TOO Cut.

    The topic, oh yeah, working out. Weights, women, men. yes, excellent to do. Will work on that THIS week. 🙂

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  9. Scott Payne says:

    Love the info… keep it up….

  10. Again great information. I would like to hear more about some specific workout routines that can help me tone up my body. I have an elliptical and a weight machine in my house.

    Robert Martin

  11. Lynn Lane says:


    ” But I don’t want to get big muscles” I hear that all the time from women in the gym. Or they will look at a picture of a pro bodybuilder and say”I don’t want to look like that.” I say, don’t worry.

    Even with steroids you still have to bust your butt and eat right to grow large muscles. Steroids never put the muscle on…..doing the work does.

    Lynn Lane

    Success Strategies For Life

  12. “I’ll be baack.”

  13. Keri Eagan says:

    Thanks Darryl, and I just thought they trained hard. Now I know…

    Keri Eagan
    Anything Alternative



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