strength training for women…ugh, please stop the misinformation!!!

So earlier today I was perusing my Facebook feed. I really should cut down on it but in this case I was glad I did.

I came across a post from Girls Gone Strong that had this picture

Image may contain: possible text that says 'calories slowly so you can avoid causing emotional and mental trauma, he says. Feminine form To avoid bulking up in the weights room, "make sure your grip for every exercise is narrow" says Charlize's trainer. "A wide grip makes the muscles grow wide and your body more masculine." Bite-sized snacks'

in which case my reaction looked a bit like this

judge judy eye roll GIF

Is it any wonder that people are confused? The amount of misinformation out there is astounding and is especially annoying when it comes from “celebrity personal trainers”.

Most of the time the ones that train the stars simply got lucky by being in the right place at the right time. And I say lucky because having celebrity clients you can charge a premium, and they will pay even though many times the advice they give isn’t worth the paper it’s on.

So here’s the deal. Your grip width isn’t going to change the way your body looks. The only thing it’s going to really do is create more strength specific to the joint angle and some degrees outside that.

Your body’s shape, the way the muscles and stuff look isn’t really influenced by things like that. Muscles contract along the entire length of the muscle fiber. Wide grip pull-ups won’t make your back any wider than standard pull-ups assuming the tension placed on the lat is the same.

Also bulking up for women is A LOT more difficult than most people think. For a variety of reasons, it’s harder for women to put on muscle than it is for men. So don’t worry about it.

And even then, putting on a bit of muscle is a good thing. Women that come to me for personal training that want to avoid muscle sometimes show me an example of what they want to look like. Their ideal actually has more muscle than they originally realized.

And when they put on a bit of muscle and get stronger, they love it and all without transforming into a man because they held something a bit wider.

Anyway, if you are sick of the misinformation and want to get strong, lean, fit, healthy and awesome. Give me a holler.

I have a trial membership so you can see if you like it first.

Eric Moss is a world-record-holding professional performing strongman, author, motivational speaker, and personal trainer. In the tradition of the strongmen during the turn of the century, he performs feats of strength such as bending steel and breaking chains as part of a show and speaks on goal achievement for corporations, nonprofits, government as well as for schools and universities. His exclusive personal training studio is located on Main Street in Boonton New Jersey, is close to Mountain Lakes, Denville, and Parsippany New Jersey.

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