When I recommended that a friend of mine incorporate weight training into her workout routine, she was hesitant because she thought it would make her look “bulky” or “muscular.” “I just want to look toned,” she said.
This is a common concern among many women. The truth is that women will not get bulky from weight training because their bodies do not produce nearly as much testosterone as men’s do. Women equate lifting weights to looking like a bodybuilder. Most women bodybuilders do it professionally and work out 5 times a week. Some of them supplement with testosterone as well, which is why they are able to pack on so much muscle.
Many women are worried about the side effects of weight lifting, specifically that since muscle weighs more then fat, they will gain weight. Yes, you will probably gain a few pounds after starting a dedicated weight training routine. However, while muscle may weigh more, it takes up less space.
Muscle burns more calories than fat
Another added benefit of weight training is that muscle burns more calories than fat. So the more muscle you build, the higher your resting metabolic rate (RMR) will be, which means your body will be burning more calories just to sustain you.
Don’t be too concerned about the scale when the you begin weight training, because soon you will notice that your clothes fit nicer, and you will have a sexier, more toned appearance. You can easily drop a size or two and still be the same weight.
Don’t be afraid to push yourself and try to go for low reps with a heavy weight, instead of doing 30 reps with a light weight that hardly gives you a burn. You will become stronger, increase your metabolism, and as a result, look and feel better.
Women can do all the same exercises as men, but for some reason, in popular media, they are always shown doing bicep curls with 5lb dumbbells. Just do a Google Image search for “woman lifting weights” and you’ll see what I mean. I’m sure any man will agree: a woman with a tight, toned body is very sexy. Just look at Jamie Eason.
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