Noah is one of the strongest women in the gym. She could give a shit what you think of her muscles:-)
Myth: Lifting Weights Makes Women Bulky
Perhaps no other fitness myth is more pervasive and insulting to women. I could write 1,000 blog posts on this issue because there are so many different points to address. However, today I will focus on just one: "What the hell is bulky anyway?"
Want to read something crazy?!? Leigh Peel researched this very question and found that the majority of her 2000 research subjects identified Hillary Swank's Million Dollar Baby physique as too bulky.
Yep, there she is in all her bulkiness.
Here are a few bullet points from Peel's survey of 2000 women:
The majority of women don’t like the look of muscle on themselves or others.
Here's the big fat bulky deal. Lifting weights will make you strong. Lifting weights will make you burn more calories which increases your metabolism. Lifting weights will increase your bone density decreasing your risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures. Lifting weights will make you powerful. Lifting weights will make it easier to carry your kids, your groceries, your skis, your bike, your kayak, your everything.
At our gym we lift weights and no one is bulky. In fact, we probably lift heavier weights that Hillary Swank on none of us look like her. We all look like the best version of the strong, confident, and powerful women that we are.
The result of this survey that makes me the saddest is that the majority of these 2000 women would choose NOT to lift weights even if they knew it wouldn't make them "bulky." That tells me we have a deeper problem to resolve. We need to help women learn it's totally okay to be strong and capable.
My personal mission is to help women find their power. Lifting, pushing, pulling and swinging weighted objects will make you strong and powerful. When we women find our physical power we find our mental and emotional power. When we find that we find our voice. Watch out world when we raise up our voices!
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