Females Lack Testosterone, Why You Won't Get Huge

“I don’t want to look like a man.”

“Lifting weights will make me look weird in a bathing suit”

I always chuckle at these comments from female athletes, as if putting on muscle size was that easy. One of the largest concerns of female athletes, especially in high school, is the concern of looking too masculine from lifting weights. This fear is often the first barrier for females starting a strength training program.

Several studies have shown that women can achieve large strength gains WITHOUT increases in muscle size. The major rationale behind these findings are that testosterone levels are 5-10% of those in men. So unless you’re injecting testosterone on a routine basis, strength training will make you a more powerful athlete and you’ll look even better in a bathing suit.