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    having muscles and being a woman...

    It seems that I meet very few woman who want muscle. I want a 6 pack in the worst way, and it seems almost everyone I meet says "ew, why would you want to look like a man?!". It seems that very few people admire all the hard work that goes into it. I've heard lots of people say it was "gross" or "unnatural" to be muscular, and that men won't like me that way. Well, I'm certainly not going to be spending all that time in the gym for a MAN! This is for ME and how I feel about MYSELF.

    How do you respond to that? It really sucks to have people constantly dogging my goals, and there are virtually no women around here that I can work out with or talk fitness with. Their all concerned about being "thin", and spend all their time on the Stairmaster and dieting.

    Right now I'm curvy, which I like, but I also want more muscle. Is it possible to have both?

    And for the women out there with 6 packs, muscular bodies ect, how do men usually respond to it?

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    If that's what you want, go for it! While there definitely are a lot of guys that are intimidated by (err, don't like) strong women with some definition, there are also those of us that are thoroughly impressed. Good luck meeting your goals.

    Curvy with more muscle possible? Absolutely!

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    i just posted my ab pics in another thread for the first time and i have to say...who cares what anyone else thinks you need to be comfotable in your own skin.

    but for the record......my hubby thinks it's very sexy that i've had 2 kids and have an awesome 6 pack!

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    Those age old misconceptions of what is being feminine when working out with weights. "Curvy" but not too "fit". Soft lines but no definition. "Soft and cuddly"....

    Blah.

    If you want the muscles....go for them.

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    I think most people have a misconception by what it means to have muscle. Rather than the sleek, atheletic body type, they probably imagine something hulking and masculine.
    "Little girls, like butterflies, don't need an excuse."

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    Originally Posted by Thunder_Bunny
    I think most people have a misconception by what it means to have muscle. Rather than the sleek, atheletic body type, they probably imagine something hulking and masculine.
    Its so sad and prehistoric that people think like that.
    Most of them dont have a clue.

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    Too be honest, i could date a woman with a six pack and relatively toned, but i don't find women with lots of muscle very appealing or sexy.

    The woman i am more attracted to though is the petite women, which i find strange as i am quite a huge guy.

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    I'm starting to re-define my goals, and I find myself admiring the muscular bodies of Lenda Murray and Yaxeni Orinquen over the figure and fitness bodies of Monica Brant (I've always liked her best in the earlier days when she was bigger) and Jen Hendershott.

    My friends think I'm all-out nuts while my husband seems to be supportive of whichever body type I want to focus on achieving. Most importantly, I trust myself to make the right decision.

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    Originally Posted by MotoGirl
    I'm starting to re-define my goals, and I find myself admiring the muscular bodies of Lenda Murray and Yaxeni Orinquen over the figure and fitness bodies of Monica Brant (I've always liked her best in the earlier days when she was bigger) and Jen Hendershott.

    My friends think I'm all-out nuts while my husband seems to be supportive of whichever body type I want to focus on achieving. Most importantly, I trust myself to make the right decision.
    if you want it go for it, but expect many males to cease to be attracted to you, also for the love of god dont ever use any steroids to achieve your goal b/c then no men will want you
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    Originally Posted by V5RED
    if you want it go for it, but expect many males to cease to be attracted to you, also for the love of god dont ever use any steroids to achieve your goal b/c then no men will want you

    I could think of better reasons than that not to use steriods.

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    Originally Posted by V5RED
    if you want it go for it, but expect many males to cease to be attracted to you, also for the love of god dont ever use any steroids to achieve your goal b/c then no men will want you
    How nice~a 19year old boy is speaking for all men.

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    My husband likes the way I look for the most part. He doesn't want me to get big ( like the girls in the mgs) but neither do I and since I'm natural I dont see that happening.

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    Originally Posted by V5RED
    if you want it go for it, but expect many males to cease to be attracted to you
    And what does that have to do with the price of eggs??

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    Originally Posted by V5RED
    if you want it go for it, but expect many males to cease to be attracted to you, also for the love of god dont ever use any steroids to achieve your goal b/c then no men will want you
    I have no intention of ever using steroids and assuming my marriage remains intact forever, it won't matter if males want me or not.

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    Originally Posted by Emma-Leigh
    And what does that have to do with the price of eggs??
    Well, gee...you mean you don't work out just to attract boys???? I thought it was ALL the rage!!


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    It's phisologically impossible for a woman to end up looking "like a man" anyway no matter how hard you train or how much you eat. Females simply do not have enough testosterone in there body to develop the hugh and vainy look. Woman (natural) end up looking more toned and defined than they do big and muscley due to hormones. The woman that you do see in magazines that have a build like a man are only built like this due to them putting artifical (male) hormones into there body!.

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    Originally Posted by Glamour
    It seems that I meet very few woman who want muscle. I want a 6 pack in the worst way, and it seems almost everyone I meet says "ew, why would you want to look like a man?!". It seems that very few people admire all the hard work that goes into it. I've heard lots of people say it was "gross" or "unnatural" to be muscular, and that men won't like me that way. Well, I'm certainly not going to be spending all that time in the gym for a MAN! This is for ME and how I feel about MYSELF.

    How do you respond to that? It really sucks to have people constantly dogging my goals, and there are virtually no women around here that I can work out with or talk fitness with. Their all concerned about being "thin", and spend all their time on the Stairmaster and dieting.

    Right now I'm curvy, which I like, but I also want more muscle. Is it possible to have both?

    And for the women out there with 6 packs, muscular bodies ect, how do men usually respond to it?
    Well, personally, I'm more attracted to girls who are really feminine, seeing a woman with big muscles kind of reminds me of a guy. But that's just me, many guys are really attracted to girls with muscles, and most importantly you are doing it for yourself, so it doesn't matter what others think.

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    glamour - go for it girl! i have to say i'm a curvy muscular girl...when i'm competing i am obviously not as curvy, but it's possible. as for ppl understanding what you do...forget them, i only have a few friends that have any clue and many are always trying to put me down...i don't listen. those are also the same ppl who will ask you how you got so cut and ask for tips....go figure! i actually felt pretty alone until i joined this site...everyone is pretty wonderful on here and a great support system. i love being muscular and i haven't had problems with men to this day. you just have to get the ones that love those muscles....there are many out there girl! good luck!
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    here here silly.... I agree I am musclar curvy and get plenty of attention from men. And those friends or people that say ugly things are just jealous imo. They wish they had the dedication that it takes for a woman to build a nice muscular build. To hell with them I say. Yeah Silly I have a friend that says your so in shape but is there a way I can do that without so much dedication lol.... You also have to think of this way some people like fat, bone skinny, plump etc...So no matter how you look or what you do someone is going to have an ugly comment because they are not comfortable with themselves. Just be happy of who you are and how you look.

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    Glamour - do what you like for yourself.

    IMHO, Cory Everson has the most beautiful woman's body ever. And, yeah, she's huge.

    Big muscles on women are hot and gorgeous! If you want to be strong and powerful as a woman - go for it! The only men who won't find it attractive are the ones who are threatened by you and have issues with THEMSELVES, and you don't want those losers anyway.

    My upper body is pretty big and I'll get it as big as I can in the future!

    Go for it!

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    Originally Posted by Glamour
    It seems that I meet very few woman who want muscle. I want a 6 pack in the worst way, and it seems almost everyone I meet says "ew, why would you want to look like a man?!". It seems that very few people admire all the hard work that goes into it. I've heard lots of people say it was "gross" or "unnatural" to be muscular, and that men won't like me that way. Well, I'm certainly not going to be spending all that time in the gym for a MAN! This is for ME and how I feel about MYSELF.

    How do you respond to that? It really sucks to have people constantly dogging my goals, and there are virtually no women around here that I can work out with or talk fitness with. Their all concerned about being "thin", and spend all their time on the Stairmaster and dieting.

    Right now I'm curvy, which I like, but I also want more muscle. Is it possible to have both?

    And for the women out there with 6 packs, muscular bodies ect, how do men usually respond to it?

    There are plenty of guys that like buff women, I know them. Guess what they live in your area (roughly)

    Of course the guys I know are little too old for you, but they exist. I would suggest getting a membership at a "hardcore" gym you will get much more positive reinforcement in that enviroment then the general public. Depending on where you live there are several bodybuilding positive gyms in the area. Good luck in your goals!

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    Any amount of muscle makes a woman look totally different. Women are just normally so small. Toned is just as bad as being totally muscular. Then you lose the low back fat. You lose the shape. Your thighs no longer fit your pants. Your waist no longer is as wide as your shoulders. You lose the feminine face.

    I'm only 5'7and1/2 most of the girls who workout are usually athletes and are usually around the same height as me or taller. The shorter women usually aren't in the hardcore parts of the gym unless with a PT. The women although weak usually start adopting a fat muscle guy shape. They have fat guy arms and stomach. The muscle makes the fat a lot more apparent.

    Whereas a woman with no muscle, she might say to everyone "I'm so fat" but thene everyone says you're not fat, you're so small. Then they see her lunch lady arms or her pouch and go oh.

    The threshold for being fat as a girl is pretty high. So, why bother going through the work to build muscle, get implants, and all the other things required for a "toned" girl to be sexy when you can just be a typical girl skinny fat who does some cardio workout while she watches TV?

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    rotator- wtf! don't post stupid stuff like that!
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    Originally Posted by RotatorCuff
    Any amount of muscle makes a woman look totally different. Women are just normally so small. Toned is just as bad as being totally muscular. Then you lose the low back fat. You lose the shape. Your thighs no longer fit your pants. Your waist no longer is as wide as your shoulders. You lose the feminine face.

    I'm only 5'7and1/2 most of the girls who workout are usually athletes and are usually around the same height as me or taller. The shorter women usually aren't in the hardcore parts of the gym unless with a PT. The women although weak usually start adopting a fat muscle guy shape. They have fat guy arms and stomach. The muscle makes the fat a lot more apparent.

    Whereas a woman with no muscle, she might say to everyone "I'm so fat" but thene everyone says you're not fat, you're so small. Then they see her lunch lady arms or her pouch and go oh.

    The threshold for being fat as a girl is pretty high. So, why bother going through the work to build muscle, get implants, and all the other things required for a "toned" girl to be sexy when you can just be a typical girl skinny fat who does some cardio workout while she watches TV?

    And what was your point exactly?
    And why are you posting this obviously not so intersting comment on a bb section for WOMEN?

    I am about 5 8 and I wish I could train next to you maybe by accident drop my weights on you. *grin*

    Get out of this thread or learn to appreciate and show more respect on here....*you must be one of those dishrag guys hanging around the weights area*

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    Originally Posted by Glamour
    It seems that I meet very few woman who want muscle. I want a 6 pack in the worst way, and it seems almost everyone I meet says "ew, why would you want to look like a man?!". It seems that very few people admire all the hard work that goes into it. I've heard lots of people say it was "gross" or "unnatural" to be muscular, and that men won't like me that way. Well, I'm certainly not going to be spending all that time in the gym for a MAN! This is for ME and how I feel about MYSELF.

    How do you respond to that? It really sucks to have people constantly dogging my goals, and there are virtually no women around here that I can work out with or talk fitness with. Their all concerned about being "thin", and spend all their time on the Stairmaster and dieting.

    Right now I'm curvy, which I like, but I also want more muscle. Is it possible to have both?

    And for the women out there with 6 packs, muscular bodies ect, how do men usually respond to it?
    Key concept to remember "I'm certainly not going to be spending all that time in the gym for a MAN! This is for ME and how I feel about MYSELF"

    I really don't think a woman can get too muscular unless they are a genetic freak or taking steroids. Getting a 6-pack is mostly diet which requires a proper meal plan. My abs don't show during the off season, they only begin to show when I start cutting down and dropping my body fat to somewhere around 15%. They are there in the off season but you just can't see them because of the layer of holiday chub...LOL!

    Men and women compliment my physique all the time. There are some who prefer a woman less muscular but that is fine, to each is own.

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    Unfortunately, many people over-define gender or assign certain attributes solely to masculinity that are not necessarily exclusive to males. This is done out of ignorance and is just a very narrow point of view. I find that when a woman takes advantage of her natural ability to develop her muscularity (although to a lesser degree than the ability of a man) through weight training, that making herself a stronger person in and of itself doesn't diminish her femininity or even her sexuality but rather may enhance it and make her a fuller personality. Although some men may prefer a woman who is weak (both physically and in personality), not all men are so insecure as to be so easily intimidated by a woman who has made the effort to develop herself to her capacity. If you find people presumptuously and so rudely assailing you with unsolicited commentary besmirching your femininity, then it would be best to find more intelligent people to associate yourself with and take measures to keep ignorant people away whenever possible. Where do these people get off trying to foist off their expectations that you should pass muster with their uninformed preconceptions of femininity? The hell with such idiots. Do what you find is right for you and don't listen to negative people who don't really know you and don't care about you.



    At times I find that the standards of contests may push expectations (with promoting diuretics for water loss and very low body fat for cutting up) which are unrealistic or that can even be unhealthy (for both men and women). However, a woman with developed muscularity can be curvy, shapely (the muscles can even enhance her shape), entirely feminine, and sexy.

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    Ripped Abs

    I don't agree at all with people who put you down for wanting to
    have a six pack or being ripped and defined.

    For the record - they are probably just envious of you!

    Where does is say that a lady can't have muscle and definition
    and still not be a LADY?

    GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I want muscle!
    Lots and lots of it, too. :P

    The worst I get, is being stared at. CONSTANTLY in the gym... men and women alike.

    They slap me on the back, and congradulate me. Nothing negative......EVER! It's great.
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    'If you want it bad enough, you'll get it.'

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