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Oct. 6th, 2004 | 12:41 pm

When talking about trying to learn how to use a sword, one of my female friends warned me of the dreaded "too much upper body strength" and the corresponding fear of looking too masculine. This lead me to do some web searches for for what do physically strong women look like, and I found Women's weight training, a site extolling the advantages of weight training for women.

I found the after pictures kind of neat.

I do wish more women were willing to be physically strong.

What do other people think, can a woman be attractive with visible muscle?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 6th, 2004 01:25 pm (UTC)

i believe that this is mostly due to the differing levels of testosterone that men and women have

Last night I asked some FtMs about how going on testosterone changed them. They found that their default strength with no training increased, and it was easier to bulk up, though the larger bulk didn't necessarily seem to correlate with being stronger.

When I was reading "She's not there" the author, a trans-woman, commented on how she felt like she lost a lot of upper body strength when she went on estrogen.

I never noticed losing any upper body strength. I'm probably stronger now than at any other point in my life, though I do regularly do yoga+basic calisthenics.

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