Should female gymnasts lift weights?

William Sands, Jeni Mcneal, Monèm Jemni, T.H. Delong

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Gymnastics coaches and administrators in the US are reluctant to include weight training with female gymnasts because they believe it produces detrimental increases in muscle mass. However, weight training based on high­intensity low­repetition sets is likely to improve the performance of most gymnasts by increasing strength with minimal muscle hypertrophy.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


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