Athletes in women’s bodybuilding now have choices. From bikini model to serious muscle with an array of organizations or federations to choose from based on the athlete’s preference and goals. It took a long time to get here.
It was not long ago that women had very few choices. Gender equality has come a long way since the start of the last century. Congress passed the amendment to guarantee women the right to vote in the year my grandmother was born. This year, 2015 was the 95th anniversary of the ratification. I believe that people should be given rights and equal opportunities based on capability and not gender, or heaven forbid color or race.
In most sports men and women train about the same. Marathon runners, swimmers, gymnasts, tennis players etc. Bodybuilders as well train the same. Separate divisions because there are gender differences. However, the women also train to be their best, not train to come in second to anyone. Yet, there are several facts of nature:
- Men are, on average, naturally bigger and stronger.
- Men can, on average, lift heavier weight.
- If a man and a woman train the same length of time and lift the same weight, the woman will not ever develop muscles as big as the man.
This is ALL due to the fact that men have naturally ten times the level of testosterone than women.
In the sport of bodybuilding, a number of both men and women have sought a better competitive edge by steroid use. Regardless of political or your personal beliefs of fairness, athletes seek a competitive edge. It is this topic that has done several things in the sport of bodybuilding: Continue reading