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What's Your Muscular Body Type?

 
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Men and women are completely different. Big surprise, right? What most women have yet to accept is the idea that they aren’t able to complete weight training regimes in the same way that men can. This does not, however, mean that women can’t train their muscles at all.

One of the most well-known misconceptions is the idea that women who lift weights will build huge, manly muscles. This belief is, for the most part, completely false (that is, unless you’re a female body builder taking lots of supplements and doing very specific exercises – but that’s a completely different story).

On the other hand, some women believe that they won’t build any muscle at all because they don’t have enough testosterone in their bodies. This is also false. Women can, and should, build muscle – but should also be reasonable about their goals.

The way your body reacts to exercise is partially influenced by genetics. Genetics will determine what type of body you have, and with women there are generally three main body types. They are:

  • Mesomorphs – very muscular individuals
  • Endomorphs – round, voluptuous bodies
  • Ectomorphs – very slim and linear

A mesomorph and an ectomorph may follow the exact same strength training regime, but the mesomorph will build muscle at a much faster rate. An endomorph will have to pay special attention to cardiovascular exercises in order to ensure she is burning body fat before she will see her muscle develop. The ectomorph following the same regime may not necessarily build visible muscle but will still develop significant strength.

When you begin working out, it is important to ensure you are working with a trainer who understands not only your body type but your personal habits as well. You’ll then be able to tailor a routine that focuses on either strength, endurance, or a combination of both.

Men and women both have the capacity to increase their muscular strength by anywhere between 20 and 40 percent after months of training. The key is in understanding what type of body you have and knowing what type of results you want to achieve.

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Thank you for your comment. I am actually a weight lifter and I do not have manly muscles. I think it is all about moderation. If you lift small weights to keep muscle retention, you will not become a manly muscle gal. It is all in moderation.

November 21, 2009 - 10:33am
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ay that men can. This does not, however, mean that women can’t train their muscles at all.

One of the most well-known misconceptions is the idea that women who lift weights will build huge, manly muscles. This belief is, for the most part, completely false (that is, unless you’re a female body bui

November 21, 2009 - 6:43am
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