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  • Writer's pictureBellamy Ryder

Body Shaping Vs. Body Building

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

Unfortunately, there is a huge misconception out there when it comes to women lifting weights. When I started lifting weights back in 2014 my mom would say to me "don't lift too much your going to get bulky" or "aren't you afraid your going to look manly". You may have heard someone say something like this about weight lifting, especially the older generation.

For some reason people associate weight lifting with huge, ripped, bulging muscles. While this may be the case for some people, weight lifting is what you make it to be.

There are certain techniques of lifting that produce different results. To keep is simple; if you want to grow a certain muscle then you lift heavy weights and do less reps (about 4-10 reps). If you want to keep certain muscles lean and smaller then you would lift lighter weights for more reps (usually 15-20 reps).

For example, I always want to add size to my booty, therefore I use heavy weights when I do glute exercises. I do not want to add size to my triceps so I use lighter weights and more reps. I want to keep my stomach flat and toned so I do not use any type of added weight when I train abs because I do not want to add any mass to my stomach. This is called body shaping! Using different weights and repetitions to yield the results you want for different body parts.

Body building is straight up lifting very heavy weights for every muscle group. The goal here is to gain overall muscle mass and definition. This also has to be coupled with a very high calorie diet in order to gain that much muscle.

As women, we already have a predisposition when it comes to gaining muscle and that is simply because we are not men and do not have nearly as much testosterone. Is gaining muscle like men do possible? Sure it is but it takes a lot more effort, a lot of calories, a lot of very heavy lifting, and most likely a bunch of different supplements. Gaining large muscles is much harder than you would think.

I felt the need to write this post because I want to encourage all women to lift weights. No matter your experience, age, body shape, etc. Back when I was a personal trainer I had so many women clients afraid to lift weights in the fear that they would lose their feminine shape. I want to shatter this misconception into a million pieces! Weight lifting has endless benefits for our bodies and minds. I will go through in detail about the benefits in another post coming soon!

Weight lifting changed my life and my body for the best. I used to think that doing endless amounts of cardio and body weight exercises would get me the body shape that I wanted. After a few years of doing that and developing an eating disorder, I discovered weight lifting and how is can truly transform your body and mind. It's something I will do for the rest of my life and you should too!

If you haven't integrated weight lifting into your exercise routine for any reason, I want to give you the confidence and encouragement. Do not be afraid to be a beginner! You have to start as a beginner to become a pro. Take is slow and learn proper form. This will be one of the best things that you can do for yourself 💕

Wishing you a beautiful day 🌿

Much Love,

Bellamy Ryder


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