Some women think biceps are GROSS
I like my biceps
I've been told my arms are too big (biceps above).
And, not only are they too big, but they're too "muscle-y". And muscles on women, specifically biceps and triceps in this case, are gross.
That's not my opinion, but the opinion of some of the ladies out there.
In fact, just today, I received an email from one of my boot campers stating that she was concerned about her increased arm size. She said that since February when she started taking classes from me, that her arms have gotten bigger and other women have commented on it. They've said, "Your arms look stronger" ...and that bothered her.
She said that when she looks down at her arm when it's hanging by her side, that she can see a "bump" above the bend in her elbow (meaning she can see her bicep even when her arm is straight). And, in her opinion, that looks undesirable.
At first she told me she was upset that she put on weight since starting weight lifting in boot camp, but her clothes all still fit the same. Then, when I probbed into this comment, she admitted that her arms were too "muscle-y", and that was the real issue.
Now, let's get something straight. It's not like this woman's arms look like Madonna's or some other ultra-skinny celebrity out there (see example below... kinda gross there). Instead, they have a small amount (nice amount) of muscular development. Nothing outrageous - only athletic and healthy.
Now, I'm not sure why she thinks having some definition in her arms is a bad thing, but she got this idea from somewhere. And, this somewhere is bit out of tune with health and vitality.
Having some muscle on your body is actually a good thing: People that have more muscle mass (with enough healthy body fat that is), are those that suffer less injuries and live longer, richer lives.
Would you rather have some bicep muscles and not break your arm when you fell at an older age or have no biceps at all and crumble if you ever tripped over the edge of the carpet?
I'd like women to know that having muscle does not make you a man. Nor, does it make you look gross. But, not every woman feels this way and I do respect her opinion. But, I just don't get it and I hope one day they can understand that having muscle is a beneficial and healthy result of effective exercise. And, a little muscle rarely translates into a lot of muscle. Especially in women.
What are your thoughts?