One of the most exciting aspects about the next meet is the potential number of new lifters that will compete from our gym. The Miss Fits’ goal all along is to promote our love of strength training and encourage as many women as possible to give it a try. With the seven miss fits and additional gym members we may have as many as fifteen ladies attending the regional competition. This is pretty impressive considering our first meet a couple years ago only had about seven female lifters, five of which were miss fits.
When trying to encourage women to lift heavy, usually the first comment is “I don’t want to get bulky”. There are tons of images of female bodybuilders and even powerlifters out there that have perpetuated this misconception. It is incredibly difficult for women to build mass without the addition of anabolic steroids. Sure, there are genetic outliers that may have a propensity to bulk, but they are the exception, not the rule with female strength training.
I have no problem with ladies using hormones, more power to them. It still takes a lot of hard work through training and diet to break world records, but it’s not the whole story. My problem is when asked how they stay so lean and make dramatic strength gains quickly, the answer is diet and dedication to hard work. No mention of the hormone supplements used. Basically, if you are working hard in the gym and have your diet dialed in, the only reason you don’t have 12 pack abs and a 400lb squat is because she clearly has more dedication than you do. I call bullshit. This type of crap does women a huge disservice and is false advertising. Please be aware if you follow competitors in figure, bodybuilding or powerlifting that they may be using male hormones to achieve their goals. If someone competes in a non-drug tested federation, there is always this possibility.
We compete within the NASA federation of powerlifting (Natural Athlete Strength Association). There are larger powerlifting federations out there, but ours is drug free and this is very important to all of us. Most importantly from a long-term health standpoint, but also in order to maintain transparency. We strive to dispel the myth that lifting heavy turns women into she-men. We are all competitive in nature and love to set and break records. We have chosen to do so on our own merit with hard work and safe training and not with the assistance of hormone “supplements”.