My post today is specifically directed to women. There is a common misconception that if you are a woman and lift weights, you will end up looking like a man. Sounds ridiculous written out that way, but even I fell into this fear when I first started lifting. I thought I needed to be running, biking, doing yoga, or body weight exercises, not lifting!
Charles reassured me over and over that bulking up and getting wide was not going to happen. He usually said it with a smirk, holding back a laugh. He thought it was ridiculous, but I didn’t fully believe him. I started lifting despite my uncertainties. Then– I started seeing all the amazing results I shared in my transformation post. The photos of my before and after are from before lifting (I had been exercising prior to those photos), and the after are a result of lifting.
Lifting was paramount to my physical transformation.
This doesn’t mean that running, any other cardio, pilates, yoga, etc., isn’t worth doing. Those exercises have their purpose, and activities that improve your health are always encouraged. My point is, lifting didn’t make me bulky, and it doesn’t make women bulky. It’s a myth, plain and simple.
There are several articles on the internet that explain the many benefits of lifting for women. One article on Bodybuilding.com written by Kellie Davis explains the huge advantage of weight training is your body’s ability to burn fat during and after the exercise. After you heavy lift– your body requires you to consume more oxygen for hours or even days after. This is called “excess post-exercise oxygen consumption,” (EPOC). EPOC requires increased caloric expenditure and increases your metabolism. When you have more muscle than fat, your body will burn excess fat throughout the day.
I’ve personally experienced the results. I feel passionately about lifting weights. There are great resources to help you begin. One I recently discovered is the app Fitbod. It creates workouts for you based on muscle groups. When you log the workout that you did, it will make sure the next day doesn’t repeat any muscle groups that are recovering. The app has lots of guidance with descriptions and videos. I highly recommend it or anything similar. I definitely didn’t know what workouts to put together when I first started. When you begin, ease into it and you’ll learn to love it!
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