In short, yes!
In long, here we go 🙂
It’s become a bit of common thought and expression whereby most women don’t think they should be lifting weights.
For these following reasons;
- “I don’t want to get bulky!”
- “I don’t want to look like a guy!”
- “I have just had children, it’s probably not good for me!”
- “I’m currently pregnant!”
So let’s break these down a little bit.
Firstly, I personally only know one girl who has pretty substantially sized muscles in comparison to most women.
No she doesn’t look like a guy, and no she doesn’t turn into a werewolf during a full moon.
The only reason she carries a significant amount of muscle mass compared to the average female, is because that was her goal. And still is her goal.
She eats to gain muscle, she trains to gain muscle, and basically her lifestyle revolves around trying to get stronger and gain more muscle!
So I can guarantee you that putting on a lot of muscle is tougher than you think, even for most males.
Secondly, women who are pregnant can still lift weights.
I’ll kick off this one by getting you to read this…
“All pregnant women, regardless of whether or not they lift weights, are at an increased risk for musculoskeletal injury. Weight lifting is completely safe during pregnancy, as long as it is done in moderation.” – Dr. Abdur-Rahman.
Most women and men make the argument that women shouldn’t be lifting anything at all while going through a pregnancy. Especially towards the later stages.
However, women who don’t continue to lift weights may suffer from rapid muscular deterioration.
What does this mean?
I’ll summarise it a little, but according to ongoing research compiled by Harvard University, they talk about the disadvantages between muscular deterioration and giving birth.
Apparently it has been seen to be a lot harder for some women to give birth, compared to those who continue to stay active and fit!
And lastly, for women who have already had children…
I believe it is essential to get back into strengthening your muscles ASAP!
We focus more on developing the core and pelvic floor first, and we have seen great results with our members who have done so!
We understand that it can be difficult due to abdominal separation etc. to certain movements.
That’s why we had help designing a core development program to get you back on track!
That’s all for today!
I hope you enjoyed the read 🙂