True or False? Women who lift heavy weights bulk up like men.

False again! Women generally do not have the amount of natural testosterone to bulk up like men do lifting weights.Female body builders can take hormones to encourage that type of muscle bulk, but they also eat a very strict diet and are in the gym more hours than the average person would dream of putting in.

The truth is, as women, we generally take to light of weights to overload the muscle and tone it. If you lift weights that are too light, you will not see the desired results of toning and sculpting. If you think of it this way, try to do one repetition on an exercise, say a biceps curl. You could probably lift 20 to 25 pounds one time, right?  So take 65 percent of the 20 to 25 pounds which is 13-16.25 pounds!

You probably would have headed for the five pound weights and thought you were doing pretty good. That is why most women don’t see the results they want to when lifting weights. You will not bulk up like a man you will just increase your lean muscle tissue, burn more calories and look better in a tank top!

About Janelle Baldwin

Janelle Baldwin is a physical therapist assistant (PTA) and lead fitness trainer for Agnesian HealthCare’s on-site fitness center, called the ZONE. She is a certified weight trainer (CWT), a strength and conditioning specialist (STS) and a certified strength and conditioning instructor (CSCI). Her 15 years of professional experience ranges from home care and work hardening/conditioning with the Agnesian HealthCare Sports, Spine & Work Center for many years to her role as a certified personal trainer; teaching fitness classes for which she is trained and certified for and maintaining the on-site fitness facility.

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