Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lies in the gym: lifting weights will make you (women) bulky

Now that we've gotten over our fear of stepping into the weight room, we need to talk about actually lifting those weights. Many women I know are under the impression that if you lift weights you will get "big" or "bulky." Let me tell you right now, THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN. I have been lifting weights for almost a year straight (and for several years when I played competition sports) and I have never gained enough muscle to qualify for a body building competition.


In general, women are not able to build muscle like men, strictly because of genetics and hormones. To become that woman on the left it takes years and years of training and HEAVY lifting, strict diet, and supplements (whether legal or illegal). The woman on the right accurately portrays what will normally happen to your body with a consistent training program and clean diet. So where do you find a training program? My recommendation, if you have never stepped foot into a gym, is to hire a personal trianer for at least one week, or five sessions. Not only will the trainer help you build a program that is specific to your body and your needs, he or she will teach you proper technique and help you become acclimated to the gym and the equipment itself.

If you've been going to the gym for a while and you're ready to get serious with your wieght training, I recommend going to a site like Livestrong and searching something along the lines of "5 day weight training for women" and you'll get a whole caboodle of results. If you're interested, here is my usual routine:


If I have time, I try to do 10-15 minutes of cardio as a warm up and I always end each work out with a 10-15 minute foam rolling/stretching session. On the fifth day, I try to to some kind of class at the gym such as BodyPump or spin. If it's a nice day, I'll ride 10-15 miles on my bike at home or do a "crossfit style" workout at the gym - just something to change it up a little.


What is your workout routine?

51 comments:

Cotton and Boots said...

I'm always looking for a new workout routine. I can't wait to try these out!

brooke lyn said...

preach it!!!!!!!

Jennifer Dunn said...

this is great. I've been lifting weights for about 10 months now and my body has completely transformed. not "bulky" like you pointed out, but toned and fit. i love it! so many of my friends go to the gym and spend an hour on the elliptical and leave. then they complain about not seeing results they want. i keep trying to tell people, lifting weights will get you there!

Kerry @ Till Then Smile Often said...

Tell it Mama!! I am usually the only girl in the weight area full of men!! Single ladies, duh get in there!! Weights are the only way to get the tone and definition many want. Cardio may make you smaller but it won't change your shape!

Amber T said...

I don't know WHY people think weights make girls bulky... The only thing that makes chicks bulky is bloating before... Well, I won't go there! :)

I love my time in the weight room. And, I sort of hate it too! :)

Jannatul Rahamoni said...

im so lazy :(

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