I don’t have any problem being a girly-girl with muscles and like I said, I still turn heads at 58 years old. I’m just saying that it’s humanly impossible for any woman to develop that level of musculature naturally. It’s both. You will rarely find guys who are dating partners deemed “lower” in a rating scale. These cookies do not store any personal information. I'd recommend surfing around and looking at pictures of some of the female members who lift heavy weights. If you have a guy who grew up around nothing but very thin/frailer women who love to shop and don’t like to sweat, on average he is going to desire women more of that appearance. Rest your upper arm on the pad in front of you, arms supinated. I still get 400-500 people coming to my old site daily. LOVE the discussion! Awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome. Articles like this jump-start the conversation and help define (in the best way possible) a base point of what bulky is or isn’t. Over the past year, I have randomly gotten links from forums, blogs, etc. When Muscles Get Too Big & Bulky!! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Additionally, the “too bulky” look is often a result of too much bodyfat. The change in grip allows you to work your arms from a different angle, giving your arms a more complete look. That's one rep. If pushups will make my rack bigger but give me bigger arms, I think they’ll take it. Again, discussed in the article here and in previous article. Classically we are going to roam with our corresponding numbers if you will. Lv 5. There is a percentage of regulars and the rest find their way to me through a link or an organic search. I want to discuss some things that seem to have been misunderstood. What we identify with, we will always try to date within that range. Pear Shape Diet & Workouts. Here is the response I gave as to why I took the poll I did. If you like to shop and not sweat, you have to be able to move across the shopping mall and reach for things. Here are the reasons why. Overcome the fear of bulking up and pump some iron, don’t worry, you will never be featured on the cover of any muscle magazine. “How did you feel the first time you saw a women with noticeable muscle definition?” It was Cory Everson, about 20 years ago and I thought I wanted to be like her! Is physical attraction the chief component and do we tend to date the “10”s in our view or those most like ourselves? Is physical attraction the chief component and do we tend to date the “10″s in our view or those most like ourselves? It just makes gender roles more flexible, and it allows us all to be who we want to be and to live a life that is true to who we are as individuals despite the gender roles we’ve all been acculturated to believe. 2. Preventing Bulky Arms April 28, 2011 8:03 AM Subscribe Workout Question - A few years ago I went away from my cardio-only gym routine and added in weight lifting. When a prospective client says to a trainer “I don’t want to get to muscular”, I find it disrespectful for the trainer to simply say “that can’t happen”. I mean, I’m so sick and tired of seeing models with no ass, no muscle, and no shape being touted as the ideal “look” for women to aspire for. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. I just finished reading his blog about this very same subject. Dumbbell Bicep Curl. Women don’t get big arms from prowler pushes, med ball slams or farmer walks . My neck is busting out of my dress shirt like the Incredible Hulk! He is more likely to pick a girl with a tougher physical character. When I get my bodyfat down to a pretty normal range, I feel great, and I fit into the clothes I love. You can use a milk bottle full of water, if you don’t have weights. In the upper arm, for example, when you start “stacking” the front and back of your arm, you can create a top-heavy look. It’s topic will always vary, but the important thing to note is the content level will be extensive. If most of my girlfriends ended up with bulging biceps and tree trunk quads they would not be happy! Previous examples are articles like – Body Fat Percentage By Pictures, WTF Can I Eat?, Does Age Hinder Weight Loss and Transformation?, and Defining Bulky (1 & 2). I really want the muscle to go away so I don't have to feel so manly and embarrassed when I try to wear short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts. Both of the men who commented on my arms do not have as much definition as me, so perhaps their comments reflect more on how they feel about their own “manliness?” The “big poppa” of articles if you will. The difference here is quite obvious and significant. I remember once reading an article–it was from a man of course–condescending to women about this concern and the most ironic part about it is that the women he included in the article were really bulky. The last is years of work with a very low body fat percentage. And aren’t these all benefits of being in good shape? I guess they probably are thinking I’m a “bad ass.” …lol Thanks for your post(s) though. Are these symptoms the r | How I Lost 20lbs, Bulky Muscles and Female Training | Leigh Peele. 8 Answers. I have completely transformed my body in two years just from changing my eating habits, lifting weight, limiting my cardio to 1-2 week and focus on the positive…me. Fortunately, there are plenty of exercises that, if done right, can tone up your arms while maintaining a slender look. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. This will target your biceps. Don't be afraid of heavy weights. Did I go to far? Trust us. It had these absolutely huge wings. If you are not planning to try steroids, then you can rest assured that you will never become one of those Ms Arnold types. That comes in many different shape and sizes. I remember when I saw Angela Bassett beat the s**t out of Laurence Fishburne in the back of that limo in “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” And I thought to myself, “That is one of the baddest women I have ever seen.” I also thought, “Man are those arm jacked!” That was what my untrained, unadjusted eye saw. Don't stop there, though. If a guy was raised in an environment where is was around tougher girls with strong attitudes, he is likely to gravitate towards that for the rest of his life because it is what is most familiar. But I had to get the fat down in order to do it, and yet I still was able to be strong enough to do my own pullups – it was ideal for me, and I was happy. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of your posts. This could range in topics from fat loss to supplements. But I love that these is even being discussed by a woman, because it does cause such intense, polor reactions. The moment you start adding lifting to your training program as a female, you are going to alter your look. Expanding this series is of interest – especially with how you would go about things. I could get into a big diatribe about gender roles, women not being objects, etc. Slowly lower the bar for a count of eight seconds to full extension. Thanks also for the reminder that “Your happy doesn’t have to be others'”–wonderful line, and excellent point that sometimes we just have to let others be as they are. I think the people in the comments need to read BOTH of your articles right Leigh . I bet they both bitch-slap their men with those strong arms. They automatically thought that was too much. Grrr those comments make me so mad! My big back won't let my arms relax at my side! Tried every few years to bodybuild and last year I finally started going to the gym on a regular basis, lifted as hard as I could and I ate as much as I possibly could and I finally put on some weight….a tiny bit of muscle, lots of FAT, which was how I found Leigh’s site & books – wondering what went wrong when I thought it would be so EASY if only I ate a lot and went to the gym! Complete 8 to 10. I know from my work that there are women who want to get stronger and want muscle, but didn’t do so because of what other people thought. If all a girl wants to do is have a low body fat, they might as well become anorexic, as anorexics have even less body fat than professional figure models. This just cannot be done naturally; male hormone injections are at play here. Shop the latest collections for Women and Men from Han Kjøbenhavn. I bet most women would like their arms if they kept the same amount of muscle they have now and lost the fat over it…weight training would help preserve that muscle…in addition to strengthening bones, improving nutrient partitioning, improving athletic performance, improving daily quality of life, etc etc. People jumped to conclusions based on the title of the post without reading it or asking for elaboration when most of it was covered in either the post or the comments. I literally give myself a break from horrible thoughts for two hours a day by loading up on weight that I can only lift if I focus all of my energy on the movement. These are 100% real comments left referencing the picture above. And you know, you find less problems with this when you do work in a S&C facility because there are A) normally no machines and B) lack of bodybuilding style templates. If you read my blog at all, you know that I am 100% pro women lifting weights – and heavy ones at that. The level of testosterone in a woman’s body is very little compared to a man. What do you think? Any suggestions on exercises that will tone and sleek my arms and shoulders down??? I realize I create polar reactions in people, and honestly, I find that to be an important trait and am fine with it. I am doing enough cardio. If your clients are truly coming to you and saying “Leigh, I just have too many muscles and I just want to get smaller! The hormone that is responsible for the development of muscles is primarily testosterone. I have gotten more compliments this past year than I ever have…and my fitness class that I teach at my dance studio is packed. Relevance. 5 Phoebe Poncho by Jessie Rayot Pause briefly at the bottom. These are 100% real comments left referencing the picture above. To build bigger arms, increase your overall muscle mass first by getting stronger and eating a lot. It’s just a myth. You always say the things other don’t say and your regular readers thank you for it. I’d love arms like theirs, but unfortunately at the moment mine look more “bulky” because I still have a higher body fat percentage. -Its called growth hormone and is the rage with many stars and wannabe stars. Yes, you guessed it right. Here’s a perfect quote from the post that I think every non-testosterone-deprived guy would agree with: “At a time when women are constantly told by mainstream media and douchehole celebrity trainers that lifting anything heavier than three lbs will turn them into Chewbacca, and that eating celery sticks is a treat, this is definitely a breath of fresh air. I think folks like Jamie and Jillian still look very feminine with their physique. I completely understand that you don’t want to be anywhere near them, let alone look like them. Another reason to focus on how it is you want to look, and not what others tell you to be. But first, let's get familiar with the anatomy and function of our upper extremities. First though lets look at what women (and men) think bulky is. However, for those women who WANT to get bulky there are ways to do it. This is about the mental perception and sociology of the situation we are dealing with. The cons of bulky muscles: it loses the flexibility, loss the natural look, it will need more hours to spend in the gym to gain, and this long gym hour to workout in order to gain bulk muscle can lead into boredom. Return to start. Where as women commonly date all over the scale range and are more emotional (per hard research/what is classic). Although, I must admit that that population DOES exist, and, while small, must be addressed as having legitimate concerns that require a different approach. I am so happy you are bringing back this topic! But how often – REALLY – do women have this problem? Then you’ve landed in the right place! My shoulders are already broad for a girl and any amount of upper body weight lifting I do just seems to make my chest, shoulders, and arms bulky looking. You can see an example of what I am talking about below. Be aware that bulky arms are most often caused by excess body fat, not muscle. If so, what’s unnatural about their bodies? Every so often, I notice a high influx of traffic (I consider this to be over 200 visitors from one link) to a post. Leigh – thanks for taking the time to comment on my post. I completely agree with you 100% that every women has the right to train however they want in order to look however they want, and they should train how they want to look, not how others want them to look. If you want to play Lara Croft or Sarah Conner in your world, then don’t think twice about lifting a dumbbell. All unique and beautiful in their own way. It isn’t going to be a perfect comparison, but these photos show people with varying body fat levels and varying muscle tone. That said, when I say “muscular” I’m referring more to the Jamie Eason and Jillian Michaels and not the female body builder look. For the triceps, which are often the flabbiest part of a woman's arms, effective exercises include triangle pushups, dips and tricep kickbacks, suggests the American Council on Exercise. It’s likely because they’re carrying too much bodyfat. #4) Muscle is harder to maintain, which means you need to eat more just to hold on to it. And you think my poll was skewed to favor what exactly? There are several key components to building long, lean muscle, starting with striking the right balance of strength training sets/reps and burning excess fat. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. I know for me, I have gone back and forth on how I want to look, and the biggest mental block I had to face was my own. Changing the Course of Automatic Thoughts. Shouldn’t men prepare themselves they may run into women who are toned/built at the gym? Last Updated on 16th March 2020 11:08 AM. Why not just get a 2×4 and put a dress on it?”. We talked to four women who self-sculpted the arms that define fitspiration, and we got them to tell us exactly how they did it. I put "bulky" in quotes because it is almost always due to dysmorphia. In the last week, I’ve been told by two different men in different circumstances that my arms looked “manly or like a man’s (yep, I’m a woman).” The first comment was said as a criticism, and at the gym, which makes me laugh. I did other (smaller) surveys that showed fitness models and elite athletes and the response was overwhelming. Getting rid of excess back arm flab does not mean you need to bulk up. Make adjustments to your training program while following a low-fat diet to slim down and make your arms less muscular. I have always had this attitude, but that didn’t mean I was used to seeing women that looked like that. I really hope that anyone reading this will reconsider the interior reality of another over the judgmental stance that we all (hey – me included) jump to. There were also write in options and comments that were left. Of course these things are in important. Q: So I've been on a bulk, to put on more muscle on my arms. I’m a gal who thinks the muscular look on women is very sexy. Wish I’d read your article on realistic muscle gain before I started… Anyways, can’t imagine what people will ever say if I ever figure it out and *do* some muscles, when I was thin (105, 5’7″) everyone called me anorexic, even though I wasn’t. Yes, women are able to get bulky – it just depends on what that woman’s definition of bulky is.. Women should use heavy weights on a regular basis, especially if they are trying to tone their arms. In any case, i was just wondering if you could make an eyeball guesstimate at Jamie Eason’s BF percentage in the picture you posted above? Two men kissing? A lot of you might have gone through a time when you felt a similar way to some of the people in the comments (hopefully, minus the blatant ignorance). Fast International delivery. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible. Thanks also for the perspective on what clients tell you vs tell me. I am sure I get a very different “line” from my female clients because I am A) male and b) a coach in a strength and conditioning facility with a heavy strength/sports emphasis. […] 7. Again this goes with what Leigh says as everyone is different and train for your goals but I think even in women’s fitness magazines a lot of the programs don’t take this into consideration. See in order to see abs, arms and legs true definition you must be at a low body fat level. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. RE: Health – I think based on research, while we don’t have a definitive answer, better health is going to be gauged in more of what you do and what you eat, versus the actual muscle. With that in mind, here are some resistance exercises for your arms: 1. Im a twenty year old moderately active female. A common argument I get is, “These women only look bulky because they are flexing.” I agree, to a degree. Sadly getting bulky has not been as easy as I hoped! So the hating has nothing to do with some stereotype of a steriod pumped bodybuilder and more to do with insecure men and brainwashed women who see a muscle on a woman and go “no way” no matter where it can from. 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