Our expert says:
Possibly, but testosterone levels are very low in women anyway (maybe the big difference between men and women). There is a school of thought that says that the most athletic, muscular women, who tend to succeed at sport, are those at the upper end of the normal range for testosterone. Never been proven, but it makes theoretical sense.
There's likely to be a host of other factors causing this as well, however. Growth hormone, insulin sensitivity, and numerous other hormones and genetic factors give us our ability to respond to training. And it sounds as though you're someone is just naturally ectomorphic, having that smaller build and physical appearance.
Look at the Tour de France, and you'll see the range of people who can still succeed at a sport, despite differences. Some are much more muscular than others, greater definition, larger quads, skinnier calves, short or tall, and so on. How you look rarely impacts on how you perform (running is the exception - all long distance runners are skinny with tiny calves, it's non-negotiable!)
So while it may sound meaningless, you really shouldn't be worrying about your appearance, but rather your performance. We're all endowed with a set of genetic characteristics over which we have little control. Influence, perhaps, but not control to change.
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