Fake tans. Biceps. The most glittery bikinis you’ve ever seen—sure, this is the culmination of bodybuilding training, if you chose to compete. But it’s also much less glamorous: dieting and meal-prepping, counting macros, waking up early to do cardio, spending hours in the weight room, and peeling calluses off your hands.

Sound like a lot to handle? The bodybuilding lifestyle isn’t for the faint of heart.

“This does not come without its fair share of sacrifice,” says Linzi Martinez, a certified trainer and nutritional therapist “However, if this is your passion, it’s worth every second. It requires you to harness your willpower and mental strength, and you’ll reap the empowering gains across all areas of your life.” (Not to mention, lifting weights can radically change your body.)

Curious? Here, the full guide to bodybuilding for women. https://www.shape.com/fitness/tips/bodybuilding-for-women

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