Will Weight Training Make Women Bulky?

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There is one question I know a lot of women are concerned about: will training with weights make me bulky? In this post I am going to give you a few things to think about. Hopefully it will solve your worries.

Why is this a concern?

It seems as though women are just as afraid of becoming big as they are of becoming fat. Women these days want skinny bodies with minimal body fat and maybe a few curves in the right place. Bulk and muscle is considered to be masculine and unattractive.

However there are women out there who are fond of bodybuilding and wish to become bigger. To these women I say “good on you!” and encourage you to delve deeper into the world of female bodybuilding. This article is aimed at women who wish to use weight training as a weight loss and fitness tool without becoming too muscular.

Will weight training make women bulky?

So the question on everyone’s lips is whether or not training with heavy weights will make you bulky. It is an interesting question and one that has several confusing answers. I will try my best to shed some light on the matter.

1. Most women cannot bulk up
The fact of the matter is that most women cannot becoming more bulky by training with heavy weights. The main reason for this is that the female body does not have enough testosterone floating around in it and thus not the correct “environment” for muscle gain.

2. Women can bulk up if they try
If you are reading this post with the hope that you will find some information about bulking up there is good news, it is possible. If you want to gain more muscle you need to start on a good protein supplement such as whey protein powder. This will help to create that environment that we were talking about.

Final say

If you are worried about bulking up I say, stop worrying. Weight training will help you get fit and burn a heck of a lot of fat and it will not make you muscular as long as you are mixing it with a good cardio workout regime.