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How to Counter Myophobia (The Fear of Muscle) – Luckily, word is getting out to women that muscle is GOOD. The fear of becoming “too bulky” is starting to subside and more women are stepping into the free-weight area of the gym and loving the results. They now realize that muscle is the key to having a strong metabolism and a healthy body… for life. But a few still worry. Here’s one way T-Nation.com contributor Charles Staley (@charlesstaley) deals with an irrational fear of lifting:
“While working with women over the age of 35 who are concerned about gaining too much muscle, I’ll often ask, ‘At what age did you have your best body ever?’ The answer almost always ranges between late teens to early ’20’s. I then suggest that this was the age when she had the most muscle ever. This causes a reframing of the whole ‘more muscle’ concept. Now she’s not thinking about a bulky heavyweight powerlifter or steroid-using female bodybuilder, but rather her own body when she looked her absolute best.”
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