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Female Athletes and Resistance Training

When I worked as a strength coach for a junior college women’s basketball team, the girls were scared to lift “real” weights beause they did not want to get huge. Of course, they ignored the guard who was also on track team and lifted more than anyone and was the most petite player on the team with a body fat percentage right at the border of being unhealthy for a women.

They had the perception, common amongst many women, that lifting weights will make them big. It won’t. This article offers 10 reasons why lifting weights won’t make a female athlete big. The reasons range from lower levels of testosterone than guys, the dependence on calories to bulk up and the fact that lifting heavy promotes strength, not size.

On the other hand, lifting weights is great for female athletes for performance enhancement and injury prevention.

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