Female Bodybuilders That Don’t Use Drugs Don’t Look Like Men
Bodybuilding for women has in recent times been relegated to a freak show with most of the female athletes today that we see in the media resorting to the use of anabolic steroids and other illegal and potentially dangerous drugs to achieve their almost unworldly look. Sadly, this has cast a shadow over what a woman would really look like without the use of drugs, and makes many women fearful of lifting weights for fear of looking like the women they so often see in the magazines. The truth is that without drugs, women do not at all look like men, as Team Naturally Intense Member, Mariya Mova demonstrates.
Female Bodybuilders- Then & Now
It’s a sad state of affairs as in the 1980′s when female bodybuilding first came onto the scene it was an extremely popular sport. My friend Wayne DeMilia and I spoke once about the state of female bodybuilding today as opposed to when he helped organize the first Ms. Olympia contests and it is truly a night and day comparison. The original female bodybuilders like Rachel Mclish, Carla Dunlap, Cory Everson and the like were so popular that every Ms. Olympia contest was held separately from the men’s competitions and were popular enough to sell out even at Madison Square Garden!
Before The Increase In Steroid Use Female Bodybuilders Were Once Very Much Part Of Popular Culture
Wayne told me that when Rachel Mclish was featured in the early Muscle Builder magazines (now Flex magazine) they sold more copies than ever- so much so that the Weiders felt that they should capitalize on the demand for female bodybuilders and the softer look with a whole new magazine and thus Muscle and Fitness was created- essentially due to the popularity of female bodybuilders. Female bodybuilders were also a part of the mainstream popular culture- Cory Everson had a regular workout program on television and Rachel Mclish went on to star in several action type movies as did Tonya Knight, Gladys Portugues and many others. Today the Ms. Olympia contest is relegated to a second tier status as an aside to the men’s show. Attendance is low and even the hardcore bodybuilding magazines don’t cover female bodybuilding simply because there is little interest in the idea of women chemically enhanced to the point where they look more like their male counterparts as opposed to a highly feminine and attractive sculpted female physique.
Female Bodybuilders Are Not Masculine
It does women a true disservice as well in that so many women don’t realize that the toned and sculpted physique that they are looking for comes from serious weight training and that they have little to fear from hard training. Even after years of hard work, women don’t get overly big as the pictures show and all the female bodybuilders pictured have been training for at least a decade or more! So ladies, if you really want to get into great shape- start lifting!
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Kevin Richardson is an award winning health and fitness writer, natural bodybuilding champion, creator of Naturally Intense High Intensity Training™and the winner of the 2012 & 2013 Best of Manhattan Awards for Personal Training. Get a copy of his free weight loss ebook here.