A common fear of many women who hear of all the benefits that weight lifting can provide is getting ‘bulky’ or ‘gaining weight’.
The response in short – “If only you were that lucky and it were that easy.”
For example, my weight lifting journey began when I was sixteen years old – nearly 20 years ago as of today.
I could wrap my hand around my upper arm and touch my pointer finger to my thumb, stood about 6’ 1”, and weighed a whopping 155lbs.
Likewise, when my step-dad saw that I wrote 155 lbs on my Driver’s License he asked how many roles of quarters I put in my pocket to make weight, that’s how skinny I was.
Additionally, even at this lower weight I wasn’t ‘lean’ as my body fat was around 20% aka ‘no abs’. Just tall, bony and weak.
Moreover, it took me 10 YEARS to put on muscle and get ‘bulked up’ to gain 20lbs while simultaneously cutting down my body fat by 50% – and that was with a ton of advantages from being a male.
Namely more ‘power’ muscles, higher levels of natural growth hormone and not needing to battle societies thoughts of me wanting to go to a weight room and pursue the act of getting stronger.
For instance, below are a few reasons you won’t bulk up from lifting weights:
First, Bulk’ is the Ratio of Your Fat Mass and Muscle Mass.
Lifting weights burns a TON of calories performing the act and keeps your metabolism elevated for up to three days AFTER performing the act – it burns fat.
When you lose fat you will ‘toned’ and ‘lean’ – certainly not ‘bulky’.
Second, Women Have The Wrong Type Of Muscles For Bulk.
Everyone’s muscles consist of three types of fibers – Power Muscle Fibers, Endurance Muscle Fibers and ‘Hybrid’ muscle fibers. Power muscle fibers have the ability to get bigger, endurance muscles do not, they get denser.
Men have a 50/50 ratio of Power to Endurance muscles fibers; that is why we can get bigger when weight training. And, women have approximately 70% endurance vs just 30% power muscles fibers.
Consequently, you simply don’t have the right ‘stuff’ to build big muscles.
Third, Women Don’t Have the Right Hormones.
There are many differences between men and women with a big one being the hormones we produce.
In fact, males produce a lot of natural growth hormones while women produce a lot more estrogen – the antitheses to muscle growth.
As a result, let these scientific facts empower you to start a Progressive Strength Training Program today. Become the best and fittest version of yourself.
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