Author: Sorting Last Post on Top Message:
JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (587,745)
Fitness Minutes: (353,207)
Posts: 16,693
3/19/14 12:13 A

Some people are so misinformed!!! I lift weights all the time and use kettlebells also and I don't look like a man!!!! LOL!!!! She just needs to get her information right and maybe lift a few weights herself!!!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
Fitness Minutes: (82,255)
Posts: 2,954
3/18/14 9:38 P

Another uninformed non-lifter!

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (310,013)
Fitness Minutes: (174,809)
Posts: 2,122
3/18/14 4:17 P

LOL! People really are ignorant, ill informed and lazy!! I have been lifting weights for 30 years. I am 60 and have the boobs of a twenty year old. Yes, and I am proud of them.

I have long muscles, tall and lean. Shorter women will bulk up more. I have encountered many women who will not dare strength train until they lose weight. (ill informed)

Yes, muscle weighs more than fat. I am far heavier than my body shows, because I have muscle mass. So what about the scale - I am firm and lean and my clothes fit great.

Recently for an affirmation boost at work a supervisor held a push up challenge. One woman attempted a modified push up and managed one. No one else attempted. Me, being competitive and proud, did 40 man style pushups............I'm 60. Then another woman (army veteran joined in and also accomplished the same.

Women will not bulk up without steroids, however shorter women will show more bulk.

As a former gym manager, I also witnessed many men ONLY work their biceps.

GARDENDIVA2 Posts: 612
3/18/14 2:30 P

Some women just think what they want to think. There really does not have to be any basis for it other than they heard it somewhere. Lack of education keeps them thinking a bunch of crap. For anyone, men or women, to get the bulging veins, has to work hours every day. The average person does not devote that much time to training.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
3/18/14 2:08 P

Without strength training I never would have survived this winter.

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (225,611)
Fitness Minutes: (84,429)
Posts: 7,170
3/18/14 12:58 P

I have been enjoying the HELL out of my Body Pump classes. My husband has noticed that I'm more toned. Women don't have enough testosterone to bulk up like men do.

IAMSHE-RA Posts: 2,588
3/18/14 12:51 P

Women say those things because they are not educated about the benefits of strength training. You have to have very little body fat for veins to be popping out all over the place and even professional fitness competitors don't stay at that level of fitness all the time. It's very hard if almost impossible. I've been lifting weights since 1988. I continue to lift now more than ever. Muscle is the fountain of youth. It keeps your metabolism going, your posture straighter and your energy level up. Oh yeah, you look better with toned muscle than sagging, aging skin. No two people can expect the same results, but anyone would benefit from some weight lifting.

LADYREDCOMET SparkPoints: (108,487)
Fitness Minutes: (51,084)
Posts: 2,365
3/18/14 10:48 A

In gym class at school, the girls were taught to lift light weights for a zillion reps or else they would "bulk up". It's ridiculous how widespread and ingrained that little falsehood has become. (The boys were told to lift the heaviest weight they possibly could - also bad advice.)

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,016)
Fitness Minutes: (299,018)
Posts: 27,319
3/18/14 10:22 A

JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,824
3/18/14 10:06 A

I lift. I lift relatively heavy - much heavier than what I have noticed the vast majority of other women doing at the gym. Generally, 20lbs+ dumbbells and heavier on the machines. I've been working at this seriously for a year. The only place that sticks out on me as noticeably muscular are my legs which I'm not training right now due to a running program that I'm doing just for fun (no race planned other than a 5K this weekend). Weights were killing my runs, so I cut leg exercises out for now. I also tend to develop muscle relatively easy for a woman, and have a more substantial frame.

In no way whatsoever do I look like fitness models or bodybuilding types. Though I would love for my hind end to look like many of those women, I have no desire otherwise to look like them. The only way that I would be able to look like them would be to double my gym time, cut my weight another 20lbs and have skin removal surgery.

If I didn't lift, I would not be the size that I am now at my weight. I may have never made it to goal weight. My loose skin would be more noticeable. I wouldn't feel as strong and capable as I do now. Chores wouldn't be as easy. I wouldn't be as confident. I like being able to pull my own weight when doing yard work, home projects, etc. I'm willing to try things that I never would have before. And the list goes on....

EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
3/18/14 10:03 A

I don't lift as heavy as I once did but life without strength training is unthinkable to me. That said, there are many ways to strength train and in general exercise. Everyone should do what is optimal for them and I personally don't go around judging how people exercise or their opinions on what is a good or bad type of body.

The above is my opinion.

SHIRLTHEGIRL69 SparkPoints: (2,581)
Fitness Minutes: (1,523)
Posts: 27
3/18/14 9:23 A

I personally don't think woman that are body builders are attractive....but that is only my each their own....some people don't like curvy woman...skinny takes all kinds of kinds to make the world keep and let live.... emoticon

3/18/14 9:20 A

I suppose my take was that this woman had the audacity to think that OF COURSE she'd looked all muscly with veins popping if she merely decided to lift weights.......


LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
Fitness Minutes: (36,342)
Posts: 2,545
3/17/14 8:56 P

I think that when women hear "weight-lifting" they think of Hulk Hogan and all of the professional wrestlers that are seen on TV. They think about professional women body builders. They think about the steroid popping, muscle bound guys they see in advertisements.

They don't think about building muscle to be toned and strong.

SHERRYDM Posts: 60
3/17/14 8:33 P

Oh my- lifting a 5 lb weight does not a body builder make. LMAO!!!! So funny!! We lift children regularly, groceries, heavy bags/purses, furniture- people just WEIRD sometimes!!

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
3/17/14 6:20 P

I wouldn't want the body of a female body builder.

Muscle with a little definition would be fine with me.

There is a level of dedication required to get that type of body. That I just don't have

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
3/17/14 4:18 P

I lifted heavy for about 6 years. I went to the gym 5 nights a week for about 2 hours. I never got massive muscles and looked the best I have ever looked in my life. I want to start lifting again however there is no gym around here. I've been watching the garage sales looking to get some equipment for a home gym. I think lifting is the best thing you can do for your body.

JAPIOW Posts: 1,177
3/17/14 3:25 P

??? wut?! but it is true! All women who lift heavy weights REGULARLY look manly. emoticon

THEVOW2013 SparkPoints: (75,817)
Fitness Minutes: (33,834)
Posts: 1,310
3/17/14 3:24 P
I could not imagine not lifting weights and having a body to be proud my tracker states I have lost over 120 lbs.
I lift to be happy with my body , I didn't want to lose 154 lbs and be flabby and gross...its work, but I am worth it.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,483
3/17/14 3:16 P

I know that strength training with weights alone does not give a women the bodybuilder bulging biceps and protruding veins ...but it is a common misconception.
I would not want that female bodybuilder physique,
but I would love a toned body with subtle muscle definition.
I don't find the woman pictured in the article attractive but there are some who do.
To each their own

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (200,016)
Fitness Minutes: (299,018)
Posts: 27,319
3/17/14 2:51 P


You'd be surprised how many women do not want to strength train because they are convinced lifting a heavy weight will make their muscles bulge. I've worked hard to teach women that they can lift weights and not look like a body builder.

In fact, to prove to them that they already lift a lot of weight, I give them a little project. I have them weigh the shoulder bags they carry. Do you know how heavy some of the bags that women carry are ? 10-15+ pounds. easy. So, why do they pick out a 3 or 5 pound weight ? because old notions are hard to kill.

It's funny, they want to be "toned", but they don't want muscles.

That has always made me go.... HUH ?


BHENDRICK2 Posts: 1,211
3/17/14 2:42 P

i need to start weight training :)

FAITHP44 Posts: 8,745
3/17/14 2:33 P

This site is great as we get so much information so we obviously know that women can lift weights without getting to look like a body builder. But I can imagine some other people thinking that they would get bulging muscles from weight lifting. And, to be fair, I've seen women on TV who took body building to the extreme and did have prominent muscles - but they were entering for the female equivalent of Mr Universe.

As for me ... I'm still trying to get rid of 'bingo wings' and I might be starting to tone up a little tiny bit. emoticon

3/17/14 2:26 P

People sometimes don't think before they speak. Or they're ignorant.

3/17/14 1:41 P

I use to weight lift before my surgeries and I didnt look like a man emoticon . If you plan on going pro that's a different story! They have strict regimes and calorie intakes. Some people just talk to talk and really have nothing to say.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,535
3/17/14 1:36 P

That is kind of funny. If lifting weights would make a woman all muscly and veiny. I would be so from all the snow I shoveled this winter.

I guess it is her way of being flirtatious.

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/17/14 1:34 P


They don't know any better.

3/17/14 1:22 P

A new woman at work was talking about how it's great that several of the guys at work use weightlifting as a way to stay in shape followed by she would never lift weights because she doesn't want to look muscly and veins popping out.


How egotistical of her to say that! As if merely lifting weight would cause that to happen to her but none of guys look like that but she would.


I kept my mouth shut (see my filter thread).

Why do some women think merely lifting weights would cause massive muscle gain!? My finace's daughter says the same thing.

Page: 1 of (1)  

Other SparkPeople Cafe Topics:

Topics: Last Post:
The Gift of life, Donate Blood 2/22/2016 6:07:49 AM
Flavored Sparkling Water 6/20/2016 9:14:10 PM
eating 11/9/2016 10:05:40 PM
Who's going watch Fantastic Beasts? 11/12/2016 10:50:40 AM
the dreaded weekend 8/27/2016 1:05:13 AM