Women and bodybuilding - what do you think?

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arianalj

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 15:12
I was sitting back putting my exercise routine together for tomorrow...by the way I'm joining the Y and am so excited. Anyways...I began to think how stupid I was quitting the gym years ago because of what people thought. See I use to be a bodybuilder and I loved it, but I quit because in 1992 it was weird for women to have muscle so people had comments, lots of rude comments.

I was wondering what you guys think? We are in the 21st century. Have opinions changed in the last 18 years in regards to women and bodybuilding?

Felita
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Caz80

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 15:39
Well i think its great that women have muscle. I dont really tend to like the look of the really really massive muscles on women, but that is myself looking like that, but it shouldnt matter what other people think, your your own woman and what you think you want to look like is entirely up to you and people who insult others because of the way they look is totally wrong. I appreciate bodybuilders because its great they can get to that level. I tend to prefer the mid class weight so its all looks equal and proportionate. But i would say Go Girl.
Caz80

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 15:41
And if i could dedicate myself to do body building i would most surely be doing it, without a care of what people say and think.
Caz80

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 15:46
Cristiana casoni has an amazing body - that would be my ideal type and Ester Parisi which can be seen on www.fitness-women.org/galleries.php.

Some of these woman have amazing bodies, I think its great and i admire these woman.
k8yk

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 15:47
I think it's great and unless you take steroids you won't "get huge". I think that's giant misconception among women that if you lift weights you'll get big. Nope. Women simply don't have the testosterone to build muscle like that without doing some extreme things. My most ideal bodies are the fitness competitors- muscular and low body fat but not outrageous. Bodybuilding.com has one spokeswoman I really like and I think anyone who would not want to look like her is crazy Smile

What bodybuilding does is gives you a great shape. I keep telling people, my body is totally different now since I've been religiously lifting weights for the last year and a half. My formerly flat, wide butt is now round and cute. I can see visible abdominal muscles very faintly if I put my hands behind my head and flex. I mean, think about it. If you've been heavy, you're going to have some loose skin. If you bodybuild, muscle will fill that out. My goal is to have big muscular thighs. I love the way that looks.

My boyfriend is a bodybuilder and he's very offended when people worry that lifting one weight will make them huge. It takes an extreme amount of dedication to get big. I lift weights with him (lighter weight of course) but I lift the heaviest weight I can and always challenge myself. I admire the women at the gym who look like fitness competitors.
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Caz80

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 15:52
yeah i have big thighs and would love to turn the jelly bits lol into muscle, the look more defined that way. If i could have a muscles or a figure like a catwalk girl i would defo go for muscles every time. I do weights also but at home which isnt merely as good as the gym but its a starting point. I did go to the gym but i couldnt dedicate myself enough, but i wish i had.
k8yk

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 15:55
I'm also competitive and I like to do the things the boys do Smile It amuses me to no end when I see a man walk up to a machine I just used and lower the weight. I'm like "What, you can't leg press 300 pounds? Wuss." LOL!
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Evil_Angel_S...

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 16:11
I did a "Women With Weights" class at a gym my senior year of high school. Up till then I'd always just light weights on my own but I always want to be strong & I'd always go toe-to-toe w/ the guys. I'll never forget in my sophomore year of HS being the only one who could bench press 1 rep @ 165. Definitely got more respect from the guys then. Lol. I've never been under the misconception that lifting weights would make me like a female Arnold, but I also had the benefit of being educated at a young age.

I've always considered a strong muscular toned female body to be beautiful. That's what I want my body to be. It's quite embarassing that I'm at the weakest state I've ever been but I'm working on it. I'm glad I can say I like cardio almost as much as I like weight lifting Razz Now if only I could convince my sister that she won't get big weight lifting. She only works her upper body once a week b/c she swears up & down that her arms get really big really quickly. *Eye roll* If she says so.

Felita, people are always going to have something to say, esp those who aren't happy w/ themselves. I say more power to you for not going the mainstream route of wanting to be a size 00. I'm excited for you to get back in the gym. You'll definitely need to update us w/ picture along the way Very Happy
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FatKarateKa

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 19:06
I think it's cool as hell. Go for it, forget what everyone else says.
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sheripickle

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 20:22
I have muscles for the first time EVER!! Like Kate said, woman, unless taking hormones and such, don't get that huge, just look good!! Even for the weight I am at I am smaller than a lot of people who weight more than me! I owe it all to the weights!
~Cheryl~
arianalj

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010, 21:18
Thanks ladies your input means a lot to me. I plan on getting back into it cause I would like to compete finally after all these years. And yes opinions have changed..lol.

Felita
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Nodaa

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Posted: 12 Jun 2010, 12:47
I think is good to gain muscles. From my own opinion, if you want to gain muscles, do it when you reach your weight goal. Bodybuilding can gain your weight because of your muscles not fat, so it may increase in your weight. Try to do some kind of sports as running or squash, so it burned fat.
k8yk

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Posted: 12 Jun 2010, 15:01
Nodaa, what you say is interesting because it shows the difference between how most people seem to think and how I've come to think. My goal is not to lose pounds on the scale. What are pounds on the scale? Just a number. You can't see them. You can't tell a person's numerical weight just by looking at them. My goal is to lose fat and gain muscle and get smaller- visibly and in inches. This means that sometimes the scale stays the same even if I get smaller. But I measure myself and notice how my clothes fit and know I'm still doing good. It's probably the main reason this has taken me so long to lose all this weight. But my body looks completely different now than it did before I gained weight (better) and I owe it all to lifting weights and exercise for the whole duration of losing weight.
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Posted: 12 Jun 2010, 16:10
K8YK is 100% correct. I thought I had stalled for a while because the scale wasn't moving. I bought a MYO Tape measure and a body fat scale. I was very surprised to find out I was a lot less than a size 36, my summer cargo shorts were kind of big to begin with so I didn't notice. I still weigh myself but make sure to take measurements once every 2 weeks and body fat once a month.
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arianalj

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Posted: 12 Jun 2010, 22:49
Nodaa - Thanks for your support...and yes I do know about weight gain with muscle. I use to be a bodybuilder so that is why my goal is 130....I know what my body will look like at that weight.

Kate - Your 100% correct! I don't really care about the number as much as I care about losing the fat and gaining muscle. At 130 I know exactly the amount of muscle I'll have and what it will look like. That's why when I use to train people I would always tell them don't get on the scale if your trying to gain muscle because it will lead you to believe that you still have to lose fat.

Keith - yes it gets frustrating when the scale doesn't move especially if your gaining muscle. You begin to wonder what's wrong. The funny thing you actually see yourself big in the mirror all because of a number on a scale.

Once I hit 130 with muscle I won't be recording anymore weigh-ins...for my own sanity...lol. Only because Kate is right...it's just a number and if I like what I see then what does it matter what the scale saids.
Felita
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commandertho...

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Posted: 13 Jun 2010, 02:25
As a guy I think it is ok as long as the woman is not stronger than me. Also she should still have nice breasts and not only muscles in the breast area. But I like to see abs, biceps and strong thighs. And as long as I didn't know that she was stronger than me, I wouldn't mind. If I found out after we hooked up, I would probably do my best to become stronger.
anapdc

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Posted: 13 Jun 2010, 06:12
My problem with women and bodybuilding is just that the less body fat the smaller the breasts. Breast tissue is basically fat so too much bodybuilding makes the breasts disappear. Most fitness models Ive seen have to put implants, that is so disappointing! The best are the legs and the bum LOL And yes I am lifting weights to help getting rid of fat Smile
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arianalj

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Posted: 13 Jun 2010, 07:29
Commander - LOL...most men feel the same way about a women being stronger. And yes getting to small in the breast area is a problem. Legs are my specialty...I hate working them out but love love the way they end up!

Anapdc - you are right most women do have to get breast implants. Some women are luck to still keep most of their fat in their breast as they lose weight. They always get smaller as you loss weight. Also only when you compete is when you really get low on body fat %. I have been in this position. When I get real low to try to compete they are small a B but off season a C so I guess I'm one of the luck ones...maybe...lol. For my frame and height I think their fine. Then again that was in my early 20's...I'm pushing near 40's...gravity and elasticity have changed.....lol.

I do agree with both of you....its not pretty being toned and muscles and no breast.

Felita
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