Myths vs Facts – 2: “Strength training makes women big and bulky”

FACT or MYTH : ” Lifting weights will make a woman look like a man!”

 Fact #1: Women who lift weights will look LEAN and TONED, not big.

Ladies, relax… lifting weights will not make you bulky.That is such a big misconception and nothing could be further from the truth. Naturally, women don’t have the amount of testosterone necessary to build big muscles.  Even men (who have about 15 to 20 times more testosterone than women) have a hard time gaining big muscles which is why steroids and other muscle-enhancing drugs are so popular. Those female bodybuilders on the covers of fitness magazines are all chemically altered, that’s why they look like men!

However, a woman can still appear larger if she is increasing her lean muscle mass, but not decreasing her body-fat percentage at the same time. The difference between a “toned” look and a “bulky” look usually depends on how much “excess fat” you have on your body. The “toned” appearance comes from decreasing your body-fat percentage and removing the fat that is covering a well-developed muscle. Therefore, a clean  diet combined with a smart dose of cardiovascular exercise and strength training is your ticket to a leaner and stronger body.

So, go ahead and hit the weight-room ladies! You can thank me later…:-)