So, you're afraid of lifting weights because you are worried that you will become too bulky? Well, let me be super clear: lifting weights will not turn you into the Incredible Hulk! In fact, lifting a heavier set of dumbbells will actually lead to a smaller, stronger you.
I've been lifting weights constantly since this January and not only have I seen amazing changes in my physique, I also feel the strongest I've ever been but yes, I was worried at first that I would become "too muscular" and so I did my research to understand exactly how this change in my routine would have affected my body.
Women do not have enough levels of testosterone to build big muscles. So unless you are on a special supplementation and training program, there is NO WAY you can naturally build a bodybuilder physique!
So let me nail down 2 of the most evident benefits of weightlifting for women:
1. You'll lose weight faster! And who doesn't want to drop pounds the most efficient way possible? Healthy chef and trainer Katy Clark recommends this test: "Whatever weight you're bearing — if you're doing five pounds, if you're doing 10 pounds — if you're not tired by rep number 10, then you need to go a little bit heavier. If you are consistently doing that, you're going to see changes in your strength and in your muscle mass." More muscle mass equals to a higher metabolism, so maximize your body's fat-burning potential by challenging your muscles with heavy weights.
2. You will reshape your body: cardiovascular training can help you shed excess pounds, but it's the weights that will help you sculpt the strong, toned look you're looking for. "You're not going to change the shape of your body with cardio, you're just going to be exactly like you are but you'll be a smaller version," says trainer Tia Falcone, who helped Miss America 2013 lose over 50 pounds. "All your flaws will be the same, everything will just be smaller." Do three to four weight-training routines a week to sculpt and reshape your body.
So what are you waiting for? Go lift those weights!
Source: PopSugar Fitness