Saying women have no business strength training is like saying the Earth is flat. It wasn't true a long time ago, and it certainly isn't true today. Healthy females of any age and fitness level can benefit from strength training. In fact, they're doing themselves a major disservice should they avoid it.
"Whereas in the past women may have questioned the value of resistance training or even avoided this type of exercise due to social stigma, evidence clearly indicates that women are capable of tolerating and adapting to the stresses of resistance exercise and that the benefits are substantial," reads the latest edition of the text Essentials of Strength and Conditioning.
"It is now suggested that resistance training be an essential component of any training program that females follow."
Any high-level female athlete will be quick to tell you the importance resistance training plays in their performance and overall fitness. But women don't have to be competitive athletes to make awesome progress in the weight room. Don't believe me? The above slideshow shows 13 female celebrities who prove women can dominate traditional strength training—and that getting seriously strong does not mean you're going to be built like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Many of them were inspired to build more muscle for an upcoming role, but you don't need to be starring in the next summer blockbuster to get strong!
If you'd like to start strength training but don't know where to start, it's best to find a certified strength coach in your area—preferably one with a proven track record of helping females build muscle and get stronger.
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