Some time ago I said that I would write about bodybuilding for women: you know that bodybuilders are frequently mentioned here because they buy ephedrine on a regular basis for cutting but in my previous posts I was focusing on male bodybuilders so it’s time now to do justice to my female friends and all women who decided one day to consider bodybuilding. And I’m sure that all guys will be interested too 😉
For weight loss as for any other topic, it’s always interesting to learn from the best, even if your goal is to lose a few pounds and not to start a career in bodybuilding. I know that many women will never consider bodybuilding because they fear losing their feminity and I’d like to address this concern here: did you see recent pictures of female bodybuilders? Do you know that their image has totally changed, and not by accident but as the result of a clear strategy of the national bodybuilding federation? Indeed when you see how sexy they are now, with their toned, lean muscles, flat stomach and iron butt, you realize how far we are now from the old image of the 80’s when Miss Physique America was looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a ponytail 😉
Female Bodybuilders in the 70’s
You were probably not born when women have been first invited to some bodybuilding competitions 😉
In fact it was not really competitions, as these women were chosen by the organizers based on attractiveness, not bodybuilding: they were just here to entertain the male audience…
It was closer to bikini contests or fashion shows with women competing in high-heeled shoes…
Building Muscle Like Men
The next evolution came from professionalism when women competitors started training like men, favoring muscularity over feminity: for most people, female bodybuilders were looking like frogs with their huge thighs and a V thorax that Marvel Super Heroes would envy – male heroes only, not female for sure as these female bodybuilders had no breasts but pecs. In two words, they were just looking like smaller male bodybuilders. This image did strike people’s imaginations and cast suspicion of prohibited substances to achieve these results.
Feeling the danger, the national federations changed their strategy in order to promote the feminine image of female bodybuilding and they introduced new criteria so that women would be judged on “healthy appearance, face, makeup, and skin tone” and less importance on muscularity.
This has been the start of a new era, where we had the feeling that top models were coming to bodybuilding 😉
Posing Nude in Playboy
Most people (especially males) began to change their mind and to find female bodybuilders quite sexy when they saw Anita Gandol and Erika Mes posing nude in Playboy. Don’t expect a picture here, this post is for women first 😉
Thanks to mainstream exposure (first Ms. Olympia life on TV in 1991) female bodybuilders became progressively fitness models, their body being perceived as fit and healthy with these nicely shaped curves and their full, toned aspect. I have many male friends who have changed their mind and started thinking that these female bodybuilders were in fact more attractive than most skinny models in fashion show. Fortunately this repositioning has brought a lot of women to bodybuilding. Some female bodybuilders became famous and had a lot of attention from the mainstream media. Average Joes and plain Janes then realized that you could be a woman, fit, strong and yet sexy! Honestly: would you think that Brooke Holladay (this picture) is a pro bodybuilder? Compared to the first pic showing this bulky, manly female bodybuilder?
A New Public Image
The image of female bodybuilders also changed when people discovered these athletes in their daily life activities, at home and not in competitions or training in the gym: their initial public image changed from asexual men caricatures to sexy women, sometimes mothers, with a beautiful body (this butt in tight jeans…). It became finally clear that feminity has much more to do with your appearance, hairstyle, make-up, clothes or the way you move, than with the fact that you lift weights.
OK, enough history for now. In my next article I will focus on the main physiological differences between men and women when it comes to shaping your body. And also a few words on diet and workout specifically for women.
As said in introduction, bodybuilders are a good example to follow if you want to burn fat: they have the right mindset, motivation and they work really hard for their body.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that you have to be Superman or Superwoman to achieve these weight loss results!
In fact you can have pretty good results without bodybuilding or even exercising at start, as explained in my last post: 3 Steps To Lose Weight in Q4. The key success factor will be the physiological support of ephedrine or real ephedra alkaloids.
By the way! I see many new websites telling that you can get ephedrine HCL from Canada: don’t trust them, you would just lose time and money, not weight.