Most people have been referring to bodybuilding as sport for males only. Women are active body builders now and have changed the perception that some of them are celebrity professional bodybuilders wielding trophies and championships’ prizes to show. All over the world women are taking up bodybuilding both for body fitness and also for competitive purposes.
Women participation in body building can be traced back to around four decades ago, when records indicate that some women began taking part in major body building competitions. Modern developments in the industry have however seen women achieve muscle proportions far beyond the normalcy. More than ever before, body building women are training intensely with weights, exercising hard and long with the burning desire to build more attractive and muscle packed bodies and also to prevent solid bone loss. Women have progressed from exercising for general body fitness and to simply lose body fat, to working out with the single intent of building tough muscle tissues all over their bodies.
Bodybuilding has attained grounds as an extremely popular sport. The women who participate in the contests are sometimes more lean than muscular and their physiques are not really packed with voluminous well toned muscles. Most professional women had similar muscles as you would find on an ordinary man who had never though of building muscles. However, still many a woman fear that intense weight training in the body building program would make them bulky. The society to some extent has conditioned women to think that being muscular is a man thing. In fact, some women still hold the opinion and firm believe that weight training is exclusively for men.
This is especially so in developing nations where cultural restrictions and social dogmatism are still very high. Contemporary research into the area of female body building has however established that strength training results to many health benefits for women. Such benefits include increased average bone mass, reversing bone loss, increased body muscle strength, coordination and balance, prevention of tissue cancer and prevention of skin creasing and stretch marks. Women body building has gained in popularity across the world, and thus providing an alternative sport for those women who would prefer to build on and develop their level of muscularity instead of slimming.
The success of women body building has been mirrored on the global scene by the prestigious Ms. Olympia body building championship. The inaugural Ms. Olympia contest was held in the year 1980 and was won by the greatest of all woman bodybuilders, Rachel McLeish. Even today when women are seriously into body building, the masculine and amply toned body of Rachel McLeish resembles that stature of what today is regarded as a star fitness and figure competition.
Women body builders attain a firm skin all over their body which is relatively more attractive despite age than their counterparts who loath workouts. Indeed in the recent years, awareness into female body fitness and figure contest aside beauty parades has led to women body building being socially accepted as a desirable thing.
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