Body Building For Girls - Starting Out Right
Many woman take immediate offense if they are called a girl.
Unless, of course, they are speaking with one of their "girl friends".
We mean no offense here and in our context, we really are talking about girls.
Young women in their teenage years.
Although much of what we say also applies to woman of any age who are realizing that they can become fit, strong and toned just the same as males.
Body building can be just as great of a benefit to girls as to boys, but their approach has to be different.
Determine Your Goals...
Girls must determine what it is that they want to accomplish through bodybuilding and then establish realistic weight training goals.
Often, girls approach bodybuilding just to control their weight, while others want to firm up and get sculpted.
A desire to excel in athletic activities also drives some of the girls to the gym.
No matter what your goals are, you need to make them specific and write them down.
This helps you keep your target in mind during the workouts.
If you lose sight of your goals, chances are good that you will also lose all motivation and your desire to continue with your training.
Hormonal Differences Are Important...
A big difference for girls bodybuilding is that they don't produce as much testosterone as teenage boys, but that is okay.
You really don't want to produce the big muscles that guys do.
Your main goal is probably to tone your muscles and sculpt a beautiful body.
That doesn't take great amounts of testosterone - it takes a plan and a lot of dedication.
Girls May Need To Supplement..
Girls need to look at nutrition differently than the guys do.
When you begin a body building routine you will need to supplement with iron due to blood loss during menstruation.
An iron supplement should be taken with grapefruit juice or a similar drink so the acid can help your body absorb the iron.
You may also need to consider a protein supplement since it is the basic muscle building material in the body.
You may just be trying to lose weight and tone up and not be working out to build muscle, but you don't want to lose any muscle tissue either.
Speaking of supplements, boys should shy away from testosterone replacement supplements because of the harmful side effects and this goes double for girls.
They can not only make you look and sound more like a man but they can seriously impair your development and your ability to have children.
Your Body Needs Rest...
Plenty of rest is needed by both girls and boys who are actively body building.
Adequate rest is important for any young person, but when you are working your body, it becomes critical.
Muscles grow and develop when the body is in a sedentary state.
When you sleep, your muscles grow and repair themselves from the normal tearing down that happen during vigorous workouts.
Seek Appropriate Advice...
Young girls need to get the guidance of a knowledgeable adult before commencing a bodybuilding program.
With a little work, it is possible for you to use body building as an overall fitness program to achieve a beautiful, healthy, toned body to be proud of.
You will find that bodybuilding really is for girls as you enjoy the admiring glances of the guys and the envious looks of all the other girls!