Ladies, Forget About Getting Bulky from Strength Training

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Resistance training with weights is the best form of exercise for anyone, male or female. Yet far too often women will shy away from it. Besides having a lack of knowledge on how to proceed with a good strength training program, many women shun it because they are afraid of getting too bulky. News flash; You will never get bulky from lifting weights on accident. Weight training takes a considerable amount of work even for men to get bulky. The female body does not produce the testosterone to do so. If you think you will become bulky, lose your femininity, and look like a freak, it will be only because at some point you made the conscious decision to become a She-Hulk. It will never just happen. But what will happen is you will become mentally stronger as well as physically. Your self esteem and sense of self worth will increase as you begin to enjoy your new look. Ladies, strength training will improve your life in countless ways as every time you get under the iron, you will feel more and more formidable. It is guaranteed to make you better across the full spectrum of your life.

Why care about muscles?

When it comes to weight loss, many of you might go on on too large of a caloric deficit, and will lose muscle along with your body fat.

This is not a good thing!

It will only serve to keep you at a high body fat percentage even if you have hit your goal weight. The loss of muscle will slow your metabolism, and it will also make you weaker.

This is a fact.

And then for the downside; if you regain the weight you have lost without also replacing the lost lean muscle mass, your body fat will only be at a higher percentage than before. Therefore your metabolism will be slowed even more than it was before your initial weight loss. When you yo-yo diet, you are only compounding the problem with each and every up and down cycle you take your body through this insanity. Any time you lose your lean muscle mass, you are only making yourself physically weaker. At some point there could be severe consequences from not maintaining lean muscle mass.

We all know that our muscles give us the power to lift heavy objects, whether it is a bag full of groceries or a crying baby we need to comfort. They give us the power to stroll around the zoo with our children and or grandchildren, and the ability to accomplish a multitude of fun activities. None of these activities require us to be star athletes, but they do require a modicum of strength and endurance to take part in. You need, and should desire that your muscles have the ability to accomplish the basic functions of life and then some. Yet many, lose these simple abilities that most of us took for granted before our nation’s obesity problem became an epidemic. Resistance training is of great importance for a healthy body, while hormones are directly responsible for a large portion of your metabolism, your muscles ramp up your ability to burn off unhealthy and undesirable fat, your muscles will expedite the burning of calories while at work or when at rest.

Our body’s lean muscle mass give us the metabolic ability to more efficiently burn calories every time we move. This is true whether we are under the iron, swimming in a pool, or even just getting up and pushing a vacuum cleaner around our living room. Our lean muscle is constantly burning calories, therefore, the more you have, the more calories you will burn even at rest. A simple factoid for you; Our muscles will burn 40 to 120 calories a day just to sustain it’s existence, while fat will only feed on 1 to 3 calories per day. That is a pretty stark contrast between the two components of our body’s. Just by adding about 16 ounces of lean muscle mass to your body , about enough to fill a soda pop bottle, your metabolism will continue to increase your ability to burn off body fat.

Ladies, when you think of strength training, no matter the form in mind, forget the idea of becoming the female equivalent to Arnold Schwarzenegger. It is not going to happen without a lot of hours expended in the gym, and then only with the help of illegal steroids. You are not going to bulk up, but your muscles will appear fuller as your body fat decreases. This will make you look as healthy as you will feel with your newfound body.

By focusing on compound muscle groups in your workouts, and following the right workout plan, you will firm up and stimulate the amount of growth your body requires to burn more calories each day. The best thing is, you do not need expensive equipment or gym memberships in order to realize a difference. You can accomplish everything you need from the comfort of your own home while using your own body weight to get there. If you have questions about strength training, Brenda Sue would be happy to answer them. I began training her in free weights about 3 years ago. When she began, she could only dead lift about 50 pounds. She now dead lifts 210 pounds for multiple repetitions. And she has not become a bulky She-Hulk, nor has she lost any of her femininity in the process. Despite me now referring to her as the “Beast of Bama”, she is still a proud and petite Southern Belle in all aspects of how she lives and conducts her life.

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Brenda Sue says:

    This is so true about being almost impossible to look like that woman on the left! I push myself hard to build muscle and will never look like that. Thank you, David.

    1. David Yochim says:

      You train harder than a good many men I have known too.

      1. Brenda Sue says:

        Oh, thank you, David. My Trainer demands excellence.

  2. This is what I have to tell my female clients all the time! Perhaps I’ll share this post with them, really good explanation.

    1. David Yochim says:

      Hi Joseph, thanks for reading and commenting. I appreciate the compliment, and please do share this with your clients along with the rest of my blog. Our intent is to help as many as we can in living healthy.

      1. It seems we are on a similar purpose David! Of course, I’m sure we can benefit a lot from learning one another on the notion of healthy living

  3. jmarie1974 says:

    great post, that would be my concern, being a muscly person other than just a fit and healthy person 🙂

    1. David Yochim says:

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I can promise you will never become a muscled up person without it being on purpose. This is true about men too. Big muscles take a tremendous amount of purposeful effort over a good amount of time. I hope you are enjoying my blog, and please spread the word about it.

    2. Brenda Sue says:

      Hi there! I can assure you that you won’t become “muscly person” without years of deliberate focus on doing exactly that. I have been training heavy for 1 1/2 years and have respectable definition but it did not happen by accident. I will never look like the woman on the left and do not aspire to look like that. You are in complete control of how far you go with strength training. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  4. Brenda Sue says:

    Three years of hard training now and I still don’t look like a professional, muscle-bound competitor, and I never will! Great article, David!

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