Debunking the Myth: Males Do Not Build Muscle Faster than Females.
One of the persistent misconceptions in the fitness industry is the belief that males build muscle faster than females.
However, contrary to popular belief, building muscle is not limited by sex, and both men and women have the potential to achieve significant muscle growth.
So let’s break this down.
The idea that males build muscle faster than females is rooted in the notion that men naturally possess greater muscle-building capabilities. However, this oversimplification fails to consider the factors at play in muscle development.
The ability to build muscle is influenced by various factors such as genetics, hormones, nutrition, training regimen, and an individual’s response to exercise stimuli. Furthermore, research has found that myonuclear addition and expansion of the satellite cell pool occurred similarly in both males and females, challenging the notion of inherent sex differences in muscle growth potential.
While it is true that males generally have a greater potential to build absolute muscle mass (total volume) compared to females, when standardized as a percentage of their starting muscle mass, females can build muscle similarly to males. This means that when considering relative gains, both sexes have the capacity to achieve comparable results in terms of muscle growth. Relative strength gains, specifically in measures of upper body strength, have even been observed to be slightly larger in young females.
For example, if a 60kg female and an 80kg male (at a novice lifting level), both started the same program, the male and female would put on similar amounts of muscle as a percentage of their original muscle mass. However, due to the male weighing more, his absolute gains would be larger than the females.
Irrespective of sex, individuals can achieve significant muscle growth and strength gains through consistent training, proper nutrition, and a well-designed exercise program. If the individual is having difficulty increasing muscle size, it could be due to a genetic predisposition, rather than the individual’s sex.
So, let’s celebrate the shared potential for muscle development and encourage everyone to pursue their fitness aspirations.