The challenge for female fitness and bodybuilding is that, well, it doesn't seem quite the feminine thing to do to lift weights and look muscular. 'It's really a mans sport', was the cry and for a long time, women just weren't taken seriously at all, even by themselves.

Nowadays, all this has changed and there are thousands of followers in the female fitness and bodybuilding genre. Many women take part in regular competition, looking fit, glamorous and beautiful, all at the same time.

Female Fitness And Bodybuilding - It's About Repetitions, Not Crazy Weights

So, if you’re a woman, female fitness and bodybuilding might just be what you need - if you want to look and feel really good about your body. The secret is to ensure that by getting a great physique and well as looking feminine, you have to be clever about the way you take up your particular exercises.

And the really important part of female fitness and bodybuilding, is that women want to retain their femininity without the fear that they are going to look like, or even (goodness forbid), turn into a man! Be assured - it won't happen! It cannot happen. Because genetically, women just aren't built to get to the same stature of men, however much they work out.

It's almost impossible to become as big as a man, however much your muscle mass increases and the exercises that you do. In fact female fitness and bodybuilding is an ideal way for many women to develop a wonderful physique that is feminine and attractive to men, whilst building self-confidence and feeling good about yourself generally.

Women typically, will not be able to manage such heavy weights as men, so using reps as an important component in their development is vital. Slight bodies will find using smaller weights regularly is a much more effective way to develop the muscles than potentially damaging heavy weights.

What's Female Bodybuilding All About Then?

Nowadays, female fitness and bodybuilding is pretty well organized, from the casual amateur who just wants a better toned and developed body, to the really serious professional who sees competition as their goal. It's come a long way from the days when a female bodybuilder was just a shiny, glamorous object of drool, in a skimpy bikini.

In fact it's over 30 years since the first competitions began and it wasn't until the early 80's that they became a regular feature. Like all emerging sports, in a number of competitors emerged as the front runners from those early days. As you might imagine a selection process began, where potential candidates for progressing professionally were picked up by sponsors.

Pretty soon national and international bodies, just for women bodybuilders, became established, shortly followed by major national and international competitions too. As the opportunities to compete increased, more and more women took female fitness and bodybuilding seriously, so the competitions became more intense too.

It was the inception of the American Federation of Women Bodybuilders, in the 1980's, that paved the way for serious recognition that the sport was here to stay, for female bodybuilders.

How To Become A Serious Player in the Female Bodybuilding World

If you are thinking of stepping up to the plate in the female fitness and bodybuilding arena, what do you need to do?

Well, you'll need to get a few things just right.

- Nutrition is a vital component of any bodybuilding routine and for women, this is particularly important, both because of the varying hormone levels you experience each month and that bodybuilding is quite demanding.

- Timing and dedication to the sport are vital too, though some women really struggle with this as they are often strongly pulled towards their motherly responsibilities

- Exercise is, of course, a part of female fitness and bodybuilding - remember, reps work better than maxing out on weights alone, true for any bodybuilding activity, female or otherwise.

See, it's not much different from the activities that your male counterparts will focus on. If you decide to take up female fitness and bodybuilding in a big way, there is now, literally, nothing to stop you.


By Martin Haworth