Will Lifting Weights Make Women Bulk Up?
One of my favourite haunts is Chapters bookstore. I love nothing more than to order a steamed milk at Starbucks and then browse through the books for hours on end. Sometimes I’ll peruse the magazine rack and I’m often amazed at the variety of magazines available for every hobby, interest, and sport. I tend to migrate towards the fitness magazines with the body builders on the front cover. Muscles bulging over muscles. And it’s not limited to men either. Women can have bulging muscles too.
But not the average woman. We just don’t have the genetic makeup to develop huge muscles. The women on the covers of these magazines devote hours and hours a day lifting very heavy weights. They are on a specific diet and exercise regime to get that big.
So no worries if you think that by lifting weights you’ll bulk up. This simply isn’t true. Women have less of the hormone needed to build muscle bulk easily. And because muscle tissue is more dense than fat, adding a little bit more muscle to your body and decreasing your fat actually makes you look leaner—not bigger.
It’ll not only help you lose weight, but you’ll sleep better, have more energy, reduce your risk of heart disease, combat loss of bone and decrease your risk of osteoporosis.