“But if I lift it will make me bulky…”
This post is more geared towards the ladies out there, especially if you are cautious of using weights as part of your exercise routine. A lot of women seem to believe that lifting weights, in particular heavy weights will make you look bulky and “manly”, however, there are actually A LOT of benefits for using weights in your workouts and none of them include getting big.
I will admit, I was one who focused a lot on cardio. In college I would spend HOURS a day on the elliptical, treadmill and bike and all this did to me was make me hate working out. Until I started going to PAC I stressed about working out and felt that the more cardio I did the more fat I would burn, little did I know I was really doing a lot of harm to my body. Once I started working out at PAC I realized how strong I really am and my body started to take shape and it didn’t force me to be there for hours every day and guess what- I used weights and I DON’T look like a dude.
So what really happens when you lift weights?
Using weights for legs, arms, back and chest workouts along with getting the right amount of nutrition in your diet will do wonders for your body. When you lift weights it creates lean muscles in your body which, in turn, will increase your body’s metabolism. When your metabolism is boosted you will burn fat faster. We all burn fat with everything we do, even when we are at rest, our bodies our constantly at work, even at times when we don’t consciously think of it. We are digesting, our blood is pumping, and our brain is working which all uses calories also. So, when we are at the gym and you are training all parts of your body during the week you strengthening and building your muscles that allows you to burn more calories when you are resting.
Women have different levels of hormones than males so when males lift heavy, their muscles will grow much more differently than a woman’s. Women’s body naturally has more fat due to hormones for child bearing and milk production. So when we lift we will burn through some of that extra fat instead of bulking up.
This being said, there are ways to bulk up if that is what you desire. However, it takes an extreme change in nutrition along with heavier weights and less cardio. So next time your worry about lifting, try to remember that when you build muscle, you in turn lose weight. You become stronger, more flexible, and your body takes on a very flattering and beautiful shape that you are looking for.
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