The main reason why female trainers will not put on excess muscle from weight training

Written by: Lee on 10th Nov 2010
excess muscle from weight training

This reason is testosterone. It is vital in the construction of muscle and, simply put, female athletes lack the required amounts of the male hormone to significantly gain muscle mass.  Males have 10-12 times as much testosterone as females and still have to dedicate significant time and effort to see any gains so adding a few sets of weight training to your routine will certainly do no harm.

With the high calorie burn from the intensity and increased metabolic rate, it is recommended to involve resistance training in any exercise programme. Any gains in muscle will be slight but advantageous as a ½ kilo of muscle will burn an extra 50 calories a day, just by being there. Weight training benefits also include protecting the body from osteoporosis which is a higher risk in females.

I’ve addressed this as I was again told by a new client recently that she did not want to gain large amounts of muscle and as I explained this to her I realised others may have the same concern.

Comments

I want to gain a little

I want to gain a little muscle. Besides the muscle burning more calories when you exercise, I also thought that building muscle helps to speed up your metabolism in general. Is that true?

It is yes, 1/2 kg of muscle

It is yes, 1/2 kg of muscle will burn roughly 50 calories a day just by being there (speeding up your metabolism).

It's true, it is something

It's true, it is something that prevented me from working in this area when I was younger. I am put off by seeing female weight lifters and all their muscle but I think they must take something in addition to the exercise.

Thanks for sharing this Lee.

Thanks for sharing this Lee. I have often worried about gaining too much bulk from lifting weights. It is good to not have to worry about looking like the Hulk!

Once again Lee you have

Once again Lee you have passed on some great information. I know I have women in my life who are always worried about this and now I can let them know it is not going to happen!