4 Reasons why women don’t “bulk up”

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  1. Muscle building takes years of dedicated training. If you can manage to build 2 pounds a month of pure muscle, and – even then – that requires dedicated, consistent training and perfect nutrition… all things exceedingly difficult to achieve in the lifestyle of the average woman.
  2. Here’s a little secret about the weightlifting industry that no one tells you: a vast percentage of the people you see “hulked out” Are on something. There are entire message boards dedicated to teaching newcomers how to safely use steroids to achieve the look they’re after. This is mainly why there are bodybuilding competitions that drug-test prior to entry (and, for that matter, there are competitions that do not drug test.) The average natural bodybuilder takes years to build all the muscle necessary to get to that level. Well, steroids help cut that time down considerably. Think of the number of athletes we’ve heard of over the years being busted for using steroids to boost their performance. The performance boost comes from skipping years of training merely to cut right to having the power and strength that comes with added muscle.
  3. Anatomically and endochrinologically speaking, females literally don’t make enough testosterone on their own to facilitate the amount of muscle growth necessary for a woman to “bulk up.” Naturally, biologically-born females make less than tenth the level of testosterone found in a biologically-born male with comparable height, weight, and body fat statistics. This isn’t enough to get you even remotely close to where males can naturally build.
    Testosterone is a key part of muscle development, but also just a key part of human function, as well. Your sex drive, your potential for developing acne, the regularity of your menstrual cycle, and even your ability to conceive and nurse are all affected by the amount of testosterone in your body. When it comes to the actual process of muscle development, testosterone aids with the repair and restructuring of muscle fibers that are affected in training through an enhanced ability to process protein. The less of this you have, the more difficult it is for you to build. Hence, no, female-type people, you won’t be able to do it.
  4. You actually can control how much muscle you build on your body. There’s a massive difference between lifting to gain, and lifting to maintain. You change the number of reps, you change the number of sets, you change the frequency of the training, you change the amount of weight you use, and you change the amount of different exercises you do.  Everything from how fast you do your reps to how often you do them contributes to muscle growth, and are all infinitely adjustable to your desires (or with the consult and support of a specialist.) Once you’ve achieved your muscle training goal, you start to reduce the amount of training you do in one way or another, and slowly shift your training into maintenance mode and growth slows down enough to merely serve as maintenance instead of development.

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