Even now, in a world when the myths are busted every day, a lot of women believe that weightlifting leads to bulking up and looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Thus, they do cardio every day or every two days and then wonder why there are no visible results. In fact, a lot of cardio just helps you to avoid gaining weight, not losing it. At all.
I want to nix this thought from your mind as women don’t get bulk because of lifting the weights. Remember that. Why? Simply because they don’t have as much testosterone as men to gain muscle mass as fast and easy as they can do it. And yes, sometimes it’s complicated even for men to achieve the desired shape.
Instead, lifting weights has a lot of benefits for women. One research published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research stated that those women who lift weights burn 100 more calories for some period after the training than those who just run or do cardio.
Let me say it one more time — women don’t get bulk when lifting weights. What they can achieve is a fit body, more burned calories, and defined lines & curves. What’s more, lifting weights improves bone density (hips and spine) and aids in preventing osteoporosis. As mentioned before, it helps to lose body fat faster and easier while improving your body composition. The less fat and the more tissue mass you have, the fitter your body looks. That’s a fact. Also, lifting weights boosts your mobility and flexibility, makes you feel stronger and thus, more confident.
If you are still afraid, you’ll get bulky, let me tell you one more thing. To get bulk and grow your muscle tissues, you have to eat A LOT. I mean, really a lot. Usually, most women consume their daily dose of calories (1800 - 2400). To get bigger you need to eat really more. Unless you change your diet, you won’t get bulky. Get the point? I hope this article was useful for you, and the next time you’ll do the squats with the additional weight in your hands.