Will weight training make me bulk up?
If I had a pound for every time I am asked that question I'd be one rich Betty! See, you've got to get the image of Arnie out of your head, it ain't gonna happen girls, we're just not built to bulk! First of all we don't have enough testosterone to muscle up like popeye! Second of all, do you know just how long you would need to spend in the gym each day to have your biceps bursting out of your shirt sleeves? Let's just say your social life would go out the window and it would be all about trainin', eatin' and sleepin'!
In fact weight training is just the very thing you need if you wanna add a little tone to the toosh. See, muscle is denser and takes up less space than fat. So think, increase muscle, reduce overall size! What I'm saying is, that you may have two Betties that weigh 9 1/2 stone. One resistance trains and as a result has more muscle tissue, and the other doesn't resistance train and so has less muscle tissue. Despite both Betties weighing the same, the resistance training Betty will appear smaller as muscle is denser and takes up less space.
A lot to get your heads around Betties I know, but seriously a little resistance training goes a long way. And totaly accessible to everyone. So what if you're not a member of a gym...buy yourselves a pair of dumbbells and rock the lunge and the squat at home - no excuses Betties!!
Fit Girl About Town musings...
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