I often hear from women that they don’t want to lift weights because they fear they will bulk up and no longer fit into their clothes.
From a physiological standpoint, building muscle is more challenging (than men) for women to “get bulky” without spending hours in the gym and taking in a good amount of calories. All that aside, why are we as women so fearful of being strong, resilient, and functionally capable human beings?
I think culturally we have traditionally had the idea that beauty meant a sleek, slender, gal in a sequined bikini. I just don’t believe everyone is accustomed to seeing a woman with defined muscles and it doesn’t fit the idea of “feminine.” A conventional interpretation of feminine traits may be viewed as a gentle, meek, well put together gal, maybe in a nice little dress standing next to her big strong husband. These cultural gender norms of how a woman ought to behave or appear are too familiar.
Although most female concerns with building muscle are from an appearance perspective. I challenge you to think beyond the outward appearance. Let us go beyond the superficial exterior and discuss the benefits of having increased strength.
Go throw some weight around and seize the day!