Female body building is growing in popularity world-wide at an amazing rate. The sport, once reserved almost solely for men, has attracted the attention of women who want to take their bodies beyond simple good health and fitness and to push the absolute limits of their abilities to build muscle mass. For many women it is a delicate balancing act: attain substantial muscle growth while retaining their femininity. When talking about competition, the disparity between prize money for women and men is far greater than the disparity in their ability to grow muscle. Despite prizes that are only a fraction of what is available to men in the sport, many women display just as much drive and determination to compete as their male counterparts.
Despite incredible strides and advances in female body building, we all know that women’s bodies are different than men. That means a female who aims to grow her body in the same fashion as a man shouldn’t simply adopt a muscle development plan that is designed for a man. Instead, a woman must take even greater care to educate herself about important subjects like training limits and nutrition before she goes to work on her body. Any female serious about participating in strenous, muscle-building exercise should first consult her doctor to ensure that she is in good health and that her diet is correctly monitored to ensure that her nutritional needs are met.
Despite common thinking to the contrary, among body builders a healthy body image is just as important to both men and women. At one time, it wasn’t uncommon for women to fear that serious female body building could so drastically alter their shapes that they would be indistinguishable from men. While it is quite true that women are physically able to develop impressive muscle mass, a proper workout plan can be created that will ensure that a female can sculpt her body in such a way that she can satisfy her desire to be fit, strong, and sculpted without giving up her desire to retain her feminine qualities.
More than anything, the toughest battles facing women who are committed to hardcore female body building may be the cultural ones. While men are almost universally hailed for bulking up their bodies to levels that might be considered unnecessary, women who test the limits of their muscular development can sometimes be labeled in negative terms. Some segments of society, it seems, may actually be threatened by female body building and the image of a strong woman. This is an unfortunate situation. While some people may not appreciate the incredible level of commitment required to transform a woman’s body, the image of strength — be it a male or female image — should be admired.