Friday, March 6, 2009

Women & Heavy Weights - The Bulking Up Myth


What a crock... Everytime I hear this, I just smirk or want to change the channel.

Here's the bottom line. If a woman uses ANY weight (even her own bodyweight) and trains with movements that do not put the body through a full range of motion or trains consistently to failure, then the odds are pretty good that she'll experience hypertrophy (bulking up).

But I DARE anyone out there to tell me that my wife (Dr. Courtney Mizuhara-Cheng, RKC II) is bulky. And the pic of her above shows her doing swings with two 24kg kettlebells (that's a total of 106 lbs).

In fact, doing swings with heavier weights helped her to shed the weight she'd put on during her pregnancy even faster.

Do big weights make women look manly?

NO.

Improper training methods & crappy movement patterns make women look manly. In Courtney's case, bigger weights helped her slim back down to the svelte Asian chick body shape after the birth of our son. Heavier weights actually forced her to engage her core more fiercely to control them - dramatically firming her post-partum midsection and turning her legs into rock-hardness.

And as many of our female comrades have said, Hard Style kettlebell training is the butt modulator. If you have too big of a butt, the kettlebell will fix that. If you have no butt, the kettlebell will fix that.

Come to one of the workshops listed above or on the right and find out what the hype is all about!

4 comments:

SG Human Performance said...

Well said Dr. Cheng! My wife has shed 20 pounds and looks lean, not bulky at all. I tell people who want to loss fat to pick up a kettlebell instead of running.

SG Human Performance said...

Well said Dr. Cheng! My wife has lost 20 pounds since using kettlebells. She looks hot and lean, not bulky. I tell people who want to lose weight to pick up a kettlebell instead of running. Takes less time and better on the joints.

Max Shank said...

Remember, if a girl picks up a weight heavier than a pink 5lb dumbbell, she will instantly turn into a pro bodybuilder.

Sara Cheatham, M.S. said...

The heavier, the better! ;)