Monday, March 22, 2010

Debunking Three Popular Women's Weight Training Myths

When it comes to women getting involved with weight training, myths abound. Here are three of the most popular ones and the truths behind them:

Myth 1: Women who do weight training acquire muscular masculine bodies.

Even though women produce testosterone, it doesn't suffice to make them acquire a bulky frame similar to that of men. Those women body builders whose bodies could hardly be differentiated from their male counterparts take synthetic testosterone in the form of anabolic steroids together with other drugs to help them achieve the same kind of muscle mass.

Myth 2: Cessation of weight training would cause muscles to turn into fat.

For starters, muscle and fat are differentiated tissues. Whenever someone stops dieting and slackens or stops with his weight training activities as well, the tendency is to lose the muscles. However, it never happens that muscles turn into fat. Actually, with the loss of muscles the accumulation of fat takes place.

Myth 3: Doing weight training transforms fat into muscle.

As previously mentioned, fat and muscle should never be confused because they're two different tissues. Doing aerobics and other exercise routines along with diet cause the body to shed fat. Muscle is then gained once weight training is taken up.

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