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I don’t want to look like a Man!

MYTH 1: Weight Training makes you bulky and Masculine.

This is a myth. Women do not, and cannot naturally produce as much testosterone, one of the main hormones responsible for increasing muscle size, as males do. It is impossible for a woman to gain huge amounts of muscle mass by merely touching some weights.

The image that may come to mind is that of professional female bodybuilder. Most of these women, unfortunately, use anabolic steroids (synthetic testosterone) along with other drugs in order to achieve that high degree of muscularity. Also in addition, most also have good genetics coupled with an unbelievable work ethic that enable them to gain muscle quickly when they spend hours in the gym lifting very heavy weights. 

Believe me when I say that they do not look like that by accident. Women who conduct weight training without the use of steroids get the firm and fit cellulite free looking body that most women desire.

MYTH 2: If you stop weight training your muscles turn into fat.

This is like saying that gold can turn into brass. Muscle and fat are two totally different types of tissue. What happens many times is that when people decide to go off their weight training plan they start losing muscle due to inactivity (use it or lose it) and they also usually drop the diet as well. 

Therefore, bad eating habits combined with the fact that their metabolism is lower due to less activity, and lower degrees of muscle mass, give the impression that the persons muscle is being turned into fat while in reality what is happening is that muscle is being lost and fat is being accumulated.

So to conclude: weight training is essential to get that firm, fitter , healthier looking body! So lose the fear and start lifting weights. Lose the fear and lose fat!

Health. Happiness. Success.

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Dal Dhaliwal is a health and wellbeing expert, educator and special advisor on physical activity. She is also an active professional speaker and TV/ radio presenter. Dal helps entrepreneurs and professionals with their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. She consults and presents for some of the UK's leading businesses and organisations within the wellness, sports and business arena.