There’s a blatant sexism in the fitness industry. One only has to look at fitness stock photos too see this blatant double standard between men and women. Women are treated like toned sex objects lifting small weights and doing simple exercises whereas men are depicted as hulking muscle bound super humans capable of doing anything. This view, while troublesome, is pretty common outside the fitness industry as well.

The predominant belief is that women have more trouble building muscle and staying toned than men. Or that certain types of exercise are reserved for certain genders. There are plenty of men who scoff at the idea of a pilates class or women who think lifting weights will come at the cost of their breast size.

So what’s the difference between the sexes when it comes to fitness and building muscle?

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