• Ben Banbury

Why Women Must Lift Weights

Updated: Jul 10, 2021

Muscles are the foundations of a great body. They create shape, a more confident posture and increase your metabolism. Women wanting to look better-naked read on...

women in grey doing pressups
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"Never sacrifice getting stronger for being a burpee queen" - Jim Wendler

I think we're so fortunate to be exercising in time where weight training in women has become so common and so normal

Women left, right and centre are popping up in weights rooms, finally proving that the dumbbell rack doesn't just belong to their hairy counterparts

I think we're also so lucky that the notion that weights turn women into Hulk Hulgan like characters, with jagged jawlines and bulging shoulder muscles is out-dated nonsense

The bottom line (without sounding like a motivational T-shirt) is strong is sexy

And your goal should always be to get stronger

(By the way, when I say strong, I mean toned. Toned is a word females have adopted to make "getting strong" sound less scary)

A toned body is a strong body

Let me quickly clear up why you won't look like Arnie from lifting weights

female bodybuilder in a black bikini


Just like male bodybuilders, females also compete in the sport (although it's far less common now as there's been a huge rise in "Bikini shows")

These are the women most females have in mind when I mention weight training

Now, these women are athletes. They are at the absolute top of their game.

For a female to pack on that much muscle and be that damn strong involves 3 crucial elements:

  1. They are weight training consistently

  2. They are eating a huge amount of calories and protein

  3. They're taking steroids

Anabolic steroids are an illegal substance that increases your testosterone levels

Testosterone is what makes men.. men

It's what gives me an Adam's apple, a deeper voice and when I'm 60.. hairy knuckles

Testosterone is absolutely vital to building muscle (hence why ladies inject it into their bum cheeks)

Without me getting into the nitty-gritty aspects of testosterone, females simply don't produce enough testosterone to ever produce much muscle mass

(If you'd like to learn more about testosterone in women, read this)

Women have about 10% of the testosterone that men do

So don't EVER worry that weights will make you bulky because in truth they'll do the exact opposite

And also appreciate that the female bodybuilders we're referring to don't look like that by accident. Years of ridiculously hard graft went into crafting their bodies