- Weightlifting will make you bulky.
- One of the most common myths is that weightlifting will cause women to bulk up and otherwise have an undesirable muscular figure ala Schwarzenegger with a vagina. (Arnold does have a nice rack, but it’s all muscle.)
- This myth is rooted in the previous ideal of femininity that considered women should be small, weak, dainty and such. Thus women who did not fit that standard were/are considered undesirable.
- The fact is, biological females do not produce testosterone in the levels comparable to men. Testosterone is the primary anabolic hormone that is attributed to muscular hypertrophy (growth) which is why men can easily bulk up. Women will increase muscular density, strength, and have more defined muscles for sure; but that doesn’t mean they will turn into the Terminator.
- Weightlifting is actually very important for women to partake in. As we age, our bones tend to suffer from bone mineral loss, women especially face increased risk of developing osteoporosis and other degenerative bone conditions. However weight-bearing exercises help strengthen the structure of the bone and maintain bone density as we age.
- Exercise will make women sterile.
- First off no. Second off… no.
- There have been no studies that have shown that exercise has any negative effect on a woman’s ability to become pregnant whatsoever.
- Exercising while pregnant is bad for the baby.
- In fact it has been shown to have a positive effect on the baby. From increased nutrient absorption, growth, blood flow and many other benefits. Exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on both mother and child during pregnancy; including making the experience of labor much quicker and less painful.
- By building strength and endurance, particularly in the Diaphragm and Transverse Abdominis can help build the strength and endurance for labor that has led to quicker delivery times and quicker recovery from labor.
- The health of the child is directly reflected in the mother’s own habits before, during and after pregnancy. The effects of a healthy diet, regular exercise, sleep, hydration and other good habits have a positive impact on the health of the child following pregnancy. In addition, as children most often learn by observation; the habits of the parents during and after pregnancy will have set a positive example on the kinds of habits that kids develop in their early years.
- Athletic women aren’t considered feminine.
- A lot of controversy over such sexist statements have regularly followed such elite athletes as Serena Williams, Ronda Rousey and others who’s bodies reflect the hours of training and competing to become the best of the best that they are.
- The whole idea of a “masculine” or “feminine” body is not only rooted in antiquated gender roles but are also completely irrelevant. A body is a reflection of the person as an individual. Serena Williams is an amazing tennis player and all around athlete, so her body reflects that because it’s a part of who she is. Her gender has nothing to do with that and societal expectations on how she should look have no relevance.
- A feminine body is a woman's body, which comes in all shapes and sizes.
By Dirk Smith and Niki Trumpler
In the past 100 years of the culture of physical fitness, there has been a lot of growth and evolution of our knowledge to how regular exercise and fitness effects our bodies and minds. It has not been without a lot of learning and a lot of claims, theories and stereotypes that have been proving wrong; yet persist. A lot of the myths surrounding female fitness trends are rooted in a misogynist and sometimes outright sexist, antiquated standard. Thus here we are to bust some of those myths to help you get motivated to get moving!
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