The 4 Top Strength Training Myths for Women

When talking about strength training for women, there are 4 main myths that seem to never go away.  Here are the four  most common ones.

  1. I’ll Bulk Up.  This is probably one of the most pervasive, albeit incorrect myths out there.  Women simply do not have the correct hormone profile to build huge, bodybuilder type muscle.
  2. Muscle Will Turn to Fat if I Stop.  Rest assured that this is physiologically impossible.  Muscle and fat are 2 completely different tissues and one cannot change into the other.
  3. High Reps and Light Weight.  This is one of those myths that’s repeated so frequently it “has to be right”.  Muscle must be stressed in order to be strengthened and toned.  Light weights simply do not supply enough resistance.
  4. Women Only Need Cardio.  Cardio is one part of a complete fitness regimen, but by no means the be all and end all.  Just doing cardio will cause muscular imbalances and overuse injury.

“I like this… I think you’ve covered it the myths well. As for #1, having been involved in both weight training/fighting since age 15, genetically I have the ability to put on and keep quite a bit of muscle, more than most women naturally – it’s never been a deterrent for doing it as I maintain, at 43 years old, high energy levels and a good metabolism at an age when most women struggle with their weight. It also keeps my conditioning levels high for MMA.”

– Coach Joy Byxbee


So Then What Are the Real Benefits of Strength Training for Women?

  • Increases metabolism rate due to an increase in muscle and a decrease in fat
  • Has a positive impact on bone density and reduces risk of osteoporosis
  • Aids in preventing injury by building stronger connective tissues to increase joint stability
  • Increases functional strength for sports and daily activity
  • Increases lean body mass and decreases nonfunctional body fat
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence

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Jon Haas is a certified Underground Strength Coach and has been involved in the martial arts for over 30 years. He has been training in the Budō Taijutsu arts of the Bujinkan for more than 22 years and is currently ranked as a Kudan (9th degree black belt) under Jack Hoban Shidōshi.
Jon is the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach for VX Global and is a certified VX Sport Coach.

He is the owner and founder of Warrior Fitness Training Systems and author of the book, Warrior Fitness: Conditioning for Martial Arts.

Jon Haas is also a certified conflict resolutions specialist through Resolution Group International (RGI)

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