1 Myth about Strength Training and Women

 

MYTH #1: STRENGTH TRAINING CAUSES WOMEN TO “LOOK BULKY”

Let’s get this one out of the way straight out of the gate.

Many women associate resistance training as bad and something only men should do because they believe it leads to weight gain and a “bulky look.”

Here’s the truth about strength training: yes, it may cause you to gain weight. In fact, you can probably count on it.

But that’s perfectly okay, and here’s why: if the gains you experience are gains in Lean Body Mass, this means your weight can stay the same, or even increase, but you will look more lean and toned.

Muscle is denser than fat, meaning it takes up less space on your body. By losing fat and gaining muscle, you can stay the same weight – or even gain some – but actually be slimmer than you were before.

Think of strength training as an investment that pays serious dividends down the road. The more muscle you have, the more calories (and fat) your body can burn over time. We’ll explore the science behind this more below.

“Healthy” is not a number on the scale—it’s how you look and feel.

So don’t think in terms of what you want to lose and focus more on what you want to gain, both physically and emotionally.

Please, etch this thought deep into your brain: as long as you’re noticing positive changes in how you look and feel, that arbitrary number on the scale doesn’t make a bit of difference. In fact, it’s likely to lead you astray.

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