There was a time when female bodybuilding muscle growth was really unheard. People perceived it as a taboo. Unfortunately, I think that some people still see female bodybuilding and female muscle growth as a taboo. Their opinion reflect they belief it is going against the general social norms and unfeminine.Especially when women bodybuilders have a whole lot of muscles. However, for these reasons, most muscular women who would like to become female bodybuilders, and some who may possibly have natural genetics to become muscular women, later shun away from even giving this a trial. I think this old-fashioned and unjust opinions will be gone within decade or two. Besides, female muscle growth has brought some equalities in sports among both men and women.
The truth is, a female will naturally have less muscle mass compared to the male. Second truth is that female body metabolizes is quite different from the way males do. Therefore male and female individual muscle fibers have similar strength but males have more fibers as a result of their greater total muscle mass.
“We employed a whole body magnetic resonance imaging protocol to examine the influence of age, gender, body weight, and height on skeletal muscle (SM) mass and distribution in a large and heterogeneous sample of 468 men and women. Men had significantly (P < 0.001) more SM in comparison to women in both absolute terms (33.0 vs. 21.0 kg) and relative to body mass (38.4 vs. 30.6%). The gender differences were greater in the upper (40%) than lower (33%) body (P < 0.01). We observed a reduction in relative SM mass starting in the third decade; however, a noticeable decrease in absolute SM mass was not observed until the end of the fifth decade. This decrease was primarily attributed to a decrease in lower body SM. Weight and height explained approximately 50% of the variance in SM mass in men and women. Although a linear relationship existed between SM and height, the relationship between SM and body weight was curvilinear because the contribution of SM to weight gain decreased with increasing body weight. These findings indicate that men have more SM than women and that these gender differences are greater in the upper body. Independent of gender, aging is associated with a decrease in SM mass that is explained, in large measure, by a decrease in lower body SM occurring after the fifth decade.”-
The fact is that women bodybuilders have to be stricter, primarily because of the high level of fats usually contained in their bodies, and it is equally a strict and very tough routine for men bodybuilders.
Besides, women require more work and strict routine than men in burning their body fats, however, most women take low carbohydrate diets and seek out for foods that significantly help to increase their body metabolism to overcome some of the physiological disadvantages that most females have.
The truth is, exceptional commitment, dedication, and demands are some of the crucial factors needed for developing the physique required by both genders and regardless of whether we are talking about women bodybuilders or not.
Both muscular women and men handle and work through the same bodybuilding and physical challenges, except for recreational bodybuilders, where females focus more on their body shaping and toning.
The training needed at the competitive level for both females and males is almost similar than different. The training angle for all bodybuilding exercises are the same for both sexes and requires the same amount of muscle contraction to enhance muscular growth.
Most women bodybuilders at the competitive level tend to add more cardio and high level of rep training to help them in tightening up certain areas of their body, whereas male counterparts burn the excessive fat more efficiently.
When we are talking about the calories needed for muscular women,we have to remember important basics. For instance, a 250 pounds professional male bodybuilder will require higher consumption of calories and proteins than a 150 pounds female bodybuilder to gain and maintain further muscle mass.
The diet for both sexes still requires the necessary macro and micro nutrient, as well as calories to achieve the expected anabolic growth. Getting the proper amount of rest to grow, except in cases where the body masses involved are quite different. Although males always have a better advantage in making progress as a result of the testosterone advantages.
However, you must reduce the level of fat consumption to lower the level of body fat. Mainly because fat is a highly concentrated source of getting calories. There are approximately 3500 calories contained in one pound of fat, meaning that by reducing your food by 500 calories daily, you should also lose one pound of fat weekly, right.
In my opinion female bodybuilding was never about bulking up.It’s always about appearing fantastic, at the same time, becoming healthy. When you build an incredible body with perfectly defined muscles, then it will really worth the troubles when you glance in your mirror.