Most female runners who start off with a cardio dominant routine form lean muscles. I started this way. I was a cardio junkie. I always stated, “You’ll never see me carry weights.” Never say never.
At my leanest, I weighed in at 125 lbs proudly. Now, according to my average BMI, I was in the correct weight class for a 5’5’’ female. Only until, I saw previous pictures did I realize my pride in being lean was actually starting to look “too” lean. (See photos below. Weight 125lbs and no strength training)
I would get upset when older women would point it out. I would think they were wrong. I was lean because I worked hard!
As a runner, I had the misconception that if I lifted weights I would get too heavy to progress my speed. Well after observing Olympic track athletes, I stand corrected. More muscle is necessary…
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