All your parts make up the unique snowflake you are. In a Waterbury article it talks about with most women don’t need to train with heavy bicep curls and side bends – basically there are certain areas most women don’t want to add muscle. People jumped to conclusions based on the title of the post without reading it or asking for elaboration when most of it was covered in either the post or the comments. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. [6] #6) Appearance – this is a personal preference! This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. What we are discussing though is the majority. I've been training arms hard for about a year and, at 17-18% BF, I'm still not happy with how big they look. ( Log Out /  Your elbows should be straight, and your palms should be facing in. Learn how your comment data is processed. Take home message: Lifting weights will never make any woman look bulky. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of your posts. I want to discuss some things that seem to have been misunderstood. But some ladies are naturally predisposed to easy muscle gains, and if you've been involved in athletics since a young age, you probably have more than enough muscle … I remember when I saw Angela Bassett beat the s**t out of Laurence Fishburne in the back of that limo in “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” And I thought to myself, “That is one of the baddest women I have ever seen.” I also thought, “Man are those arm jacked!” That was what my untrained, unadjusted eye saw. I used to train as a discus thrower which required me to do alot of explosive weight training with my upper body. Before we judge someone for their lack or excess of muscle, remember that we have not walked, run or lifted in her shoes. Wish I’d read your article on realistic muscle gain before I started… Anyways, can’t imagine what people will ever say if I ever figure it out and *do* some muscles, when I was thin (105, 5’7″) everyone called me anorexic, even though I wasn’t. Pause briefly at the bottom. I think folks like Jamie and Jillian still look very feminine with their physique. Dumbbell Bicep Curl. You just need to know how to do it the right way. Yes, women are able to get bulky – it just depends on what that woman’s definition of bulky is.. I’m so happy you are bringing back this topic. AND it IS possible for females to build muscle easily, as I'm quite athletic. Bulky definition: Something that is bulky is large and heavy. I think that’s a bit extreme and not feminine. Is physical attraction the chief component and do we tend to date the “10”s in our view or those most like ourselves? It’s a bit too much.” And when I saw this I thought, “That’s some freaky stuff!”. -The veins on Madonna’s arms and hands are the product of 20+ years of steroid abuse. If you want to tone your arms without the bodybuilder look, high-repetition, low-weight resistance exercises are the key. Choose a weight that you can comfortably lift 15-20 times. Here are the reasons why. There is nothing natural about most female bodybuilders. I think there is truth to this. [See: 9 Useful Gym Machines for Women .] I still get 400-500 people coming to my old site daily. This will target your biceps. This isn’t just about my clients, this is about what is said to me at dinner parties, in waiting rooms, and what I read in the magazines. If you don’t think this is a concern for women, you aren’t talking to enough of them are they are nervous to relay it to you. Additionally, the “too bulky” look is often a result of too much bodyfat. Most trainers are railing against the fact that women are using “I am afraid of getting bulky” as an excuse to do NO (ZERO, ZILCH, NADA) weight lifting and that is wrong.. My husband loves the way I look and the men in the weight room respect what I do to achieve the healthy body I have. I just bet that this is an extremely small population, and that many women are prone to mis-classify themselves are being a part of it, and subsequently spend too much time doing stupid workouts and following stupid diets. The difference here is quite obvious and significant. Thanks also for the reminder that “Your happy doesn’t have to be others'”–wonderful line, and excellent point that sometimes we just have to let others be as they are. Overcome the fear of bulking up and pump some iron, don’t worry, you will never be featured on the cover of any muscle magazine. Developing muscle in your upper body can make your arms appear bulky. The “big poppa” of articles if you will. it’s nothing but steroids that are running through their veins which make them the way they are. A woman in pants? This difference is what causes the strength/size difference between genders. Getting rid of excess back arm flab does not mean you need to bulk up. These are 100% real comments left referencing the picture above. Thanks also for the perspective on what clients tell you vs tell me. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. These cookies do not store any personal information. You think Jessica Biel was badass in Stealth? note - I exercise 45 mins 5 times a week. Leigh – thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. The development of bulky arm muscles on women through either weight training or other exercises is unlikely because women produce much less muscle-building testosterone than men 2. Thank you Leigh. There are several key components to building long, lean muscle, starting with striking the right balance of strength training sets/reps and burning excess fat. You can be fat, skinny, muscled, dominate, submissive, sweet, or a jerk. If the bulky arms that you are referring to are something that looks like Arnold’s, then you can be happy because the kind of arm size that we are talking about is merely a dream for many men on this planet. Men operate on more of a visual sensory than women. -Yah they have great arms. I don't want to look like a man! Women are worried about getting bulky but due to the lack of testosterone this will not happen. However I never had much of an appetite and I was intimidated in the weight room in high school. Are these symptoms the r You also have to remember what rings the bell for one guy is different from another. If you want it be “toned” that’s great. What do you think? I discussed that in the previous article, among other things that lead to the illusion of bulky. Sadly getting bulky has not been as easy as I hoped! An additional note: You can’t accidentally achieve the body of a steroid-taking female, but you can accidentally achieve the arms shown below in the following section. It started off simple enough, a person posted the link for conversation about my article, “Defining Bulky,” and people replied with their opinions of what they think bulky is. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. If you don’t carry a pretty low level of body fat and you have a moderate amount of muscle in your arms, you just look thicker. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Don’t things like energy, creativity, personal happiness matter far more? It’s likely because they’re carrying too much bodyfat. No wonder they can’t keep their men! Can you remember? What about the first time you saw an interracial couple? With that in mind, here are some resistance exercises for your arms: 1. I’m a gal who thinks the muscular look on women is very sexy. Start at the top position of the curl. If you have any advice on the general type of exercises I should be doing it would be great. I like my women to be female. If I poke a needle into an adult female’s body in search of testosterone, I’ll probably get about 8-60 ng/dL. elgüero. Weight lifting has so many positive HEALTH effects that the stereotype NEEDS to be broken. The women in the first set of photos below are drug-free lifters. It wasn’t a hate thing, but it was a unusual thing for me to see. Rest your upper arm on the pad in front of you, arms supinated. […], […] To read my follow up article “Bulky Muscles and Women –  Part Deux” click here Share […]. Here are some common myths, debunked by the Iron Team: 1. The majority is ruling, but it doesn’t have to be that way. When I get my bodyfat down to a pretty normal range, I feel great, and I fit into the clothes I love. The Selection/Survey Options. But what about those female bodybuilders? Battle against Obesity – Biochemistry or Will Power. I am a female and I do yoga twice a week, not beginner but can be considered as advanced level already. When did this start for me? But first, let's get familiar with the anatomy and function of our upper extremities. But muscle is beautiful. I personally like to see women with strong arms…they look lean, not bulky. Keep up the good work! If it’s a beauty/make-up/”mommy and me” type forum, they always agree and are thankful “someone finally said it.” It’s interesting to say the least. With those things you should also avoid atrophy as we age. Yay! I completely agree with you 100% that every women has the right to train however they want in order to look however they want, and they should train how they want to look, not how others want them to look. Q: So I've been on a bulk, to put on more muscle on my arms. If you’re asking yourself, do men like bulky and muscular women? I will admit these comments bother me. Are there studies on the distinction between what people say they’re attracted to and what they actually date? The bulky muscle training gives faster result when you start the exercise in the gym. It Wasn’t About My Opinion, But If You Ask…. I’m 58 years old now and they are still watching and quickly looking away when I catch them. I want smaller arms! Over the course of 2-3 months see how your body responds. Both of the men who commented on my arms do not have as much definition as me, so perhaps their comments reflect more on how they feel about their own “manliness?” No matter how many biceps curls you do. In today’s fitness industry, women are mislead into thinking that they must protect their bodies against meaningful strength training to avoid getting too bulky and masculine. Weight Lifting for Women . If you look at someone like Gwyneth Paltrow, diet dysfunction and lack of weight challenge might have played a serious role in her early diagnosis with osteopenia (thought to be a precursor to osteoporosis). Wonderful follow-up. It’s both. I want to be strong. Preventing Bulky Arms April 28, 2011 8:03 AM Subscribe Workout Question - A few years ago I went away from my cardio-only gym routine and added in weight lifting. I see your point, though. Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images. Created by Awaiken, Powered by WordPress. problem is my upper arms are still so bulky. Speaking only from personal experience, I gain muscle quickly. Myth #5: Certain forms of exercise build long, lean muscles. Getting rid of excess back arm flab does not mean you need to bulk up. Most women don’t. -No wonder John left her, she has more muscle than he does! […] 7. They later observed it standing in a nearby field. Complete 8 to 10. This just cannot be done naturally; male hormone injections are at play here. I can introduce you to really good hearted guys who care see about more than looks. “If you arms are a major training goal for you, you need to put more attention there and start skewing the percentage of your total training that targets your arms,” Thomas says. Not to mention that women pretty much cannot get measurable "bulk" from lifting weights UNLESS they are on steroids. I can do a pull up..or 2 or 3. Most women do not want that type of arms. I'd recommend surfing around and looking at pictures of some of the female members who lift heavy weights. 8 Answers. Currently I rely on my diet (no sugar, low processed food, kind of paleo but low fructose) Also I do some interval training spinning once a week. That's one rep. I also agree that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. 5 sets, 12-15 reps + 2 more exercises BodyFit $6.99/month. I really, really really doubt that most women who don’t like their arms are women that have them because they have been lifting weights too much. Be aware that bulky arms are most often caused by excess body fat, not muscle. instead of being huge and bulky or anything even remotely close to that. 1. I don’t have any problem being a girly-girl with muscles and like I said, I still turn heads at 58 years old. The First is steroids ladies. I’d give my eye teeth to look like most of those “bulky” pics in your post (except maybe the Tina Turner one–that might be a bit too close to my own personal opinion of bulky… Articles like this jump-start the conversation and help define (in the best way possible) a base point of what bulky is or isn’t. In the upper arm, for example, when you start “stacking” the front and back of your arm, you can create a top-heavy look. I have spoken a lot about how to slim down thighs and bulky calves, but I haven’t talked too much about how to slim down a muscular upper body.. If your clients are truly coming to you and saying “Leigh, I just have too many muscles and I just want to get smaller! If you read the article you should notice I state, “What I consider bulky doesn’t matter.” It isn’t about me, it’s about what the client wants. I'm lifting HEAVY, and my arms are gaining size, but now DH says I have “man arms”…are they supposed to be big like this? Don't be afraid of heavy weights. You might get stronger and more definition, but that's about it. Most women don’t. Thank you Zach for bringing Tony into the mix! You can see an example of what I am talking about below. I realized that when women think bulky, they really are thinking muscle. Although, I must admit that that population DOES exist, and, while small, must be addressed as having legitimate concerns that require a different approach. I guess they probably are thinking I’m a “bad ass.” …lol Thanks for your post(s) though. I am not lifting to get big or to appear “manly,” but rather lifting is a way to battle chronic depression. Again, discussed in the article here and in previous article. I think everyone has a right to look how they want and to be honest I am a woman who wants to have the “no muscle” slim arms, nothing wrong with that, nor do I think there’s anything wrong with people who want more defined arms. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. ? i'm a female, 5'5, 155 pounds...if i lift weights, 3 lbs each, will my arms get bulky? I lift four days per week, and three of those days are upper-body days.” I am 20 year old female weighing around 126 pounds. Pear Shape Diet & Workouts. This is my escape from incredible pain, and so I am not willing to stop…even if I offend the gender norms. ( Log Out /  8 mm and Bulky Weight Yarn (Lion Brand Wool-ease Tonal Yarn was used) Size: fits up to an XL (instructions are included to change sizing) 4 Dawn Treble Mesh Shawl by ag handmades. Did I go to far? I just finished reading his blog about this very same subject. Women just aren't built that way. All rights reserved. Don't stop there, though. I mean, I’m so sick and tired of seeing models with no ass, no muscle, and no shape being touted as the ideal “look” for women to aspire for. On a serious note, the source of fear about devolving big and bulky arms is coming from the pictures of muscular women seen on TV or the magazine. Im 18 and an ex-gymnast, its been over a year since I quit and I still have usually muscular arms and shoulders as a girl. I am not mad at you Leigh and I get what you are saying, but it still makes me mad how small minded people are and downright mean! Great articles, Leigh. Bet she wishes she would have stayed insignificant like the rest of us huh? Again, I don’t care, but you should know something. But I had to get the fat down in order to do it, and yet I still was able to be strong enough to do my own pullups – it was ideal for me, and I was happy. #4) Muscle is harder to maintain, which means you need to eat more just to hold on to it. Claire described the creature as looking “like Mothman,” and said “It looked like a very bulky person. I know from my work that there are women who want to get stronger and want muscle, but didn’t do so because of what other people thought. 1 1. dkiller88. If you read my blog at all, you know that I am 100% pro women lifting weights – and heavy ones at that. Muscle Girl Clips promo2 Videos of muscular women, female bodybuilders, strong women It amazes me how defensive people can get; if you want to really know how I feel, ask me. Muscle takes less space than fat, so the more lean mass you have, the slimmer you'll look. Some women like to have a lot of muscle, and some don’t. My point is, even if you don’t like the work or don’t like me, at least get the information correct. While you may look lean and built while flexing, it can look awkward in softer clothing like dresses. BTW, I LOVE the bigger, bulkier look on me. The extra fatty tissue in the back of your arms is the result of consuming too many calories and not burning enough calories through physical activity. It is really about looking at the look your client wants, regardless of what you think. You can always scale and train for maintenance once you get “too bulky” and that is likely to happen ONLY if one lifts consistently. Awesome, more power to you. Yeah I don’t think you will ever see me promote heroin sheik, there is the middle ground. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible. For the triceps, which are often the flabbiest part of a woman's arms, effective exercises include triangle pushups, dips and tricep kickbacks, suggests the American Council on Exercise. My husband seems to be just fine with it. This could range in topics from fat loss to supplements. The female gender lacks significant levels of natural serum testosterone to achieve muscular growth or anabolism. 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