The 101 On Women Building Muscle
This is still something that I often hear floating around the gym scene. Will lifting weight make me bulky. Truth be told this is a fitness myth and let me tell you why.
Let's take a minute...
1. You need to eat, train and likely be on a supplement plan to put on that kind of size. Both men and women. Body Building requires it's own unique formula of nutrition and training.
2. Lifting weight actually can increase our lean muscle mass and boost our metabolism.
3. Your muscles get stronger, the doesn't mean bulky.
Typically it is said that women do not have the same hormonal profile as men, therefore we do not pack on muscle and size like men do. This is generally true for the general population but we need to remember a couple things.
You Are Your Own Body.
1. Even being toned can be too "bulky" for women. Some may see it as strong. It comes does to personal perception.
2. No two women are a like, therefore they may have the ability to put on a decent amount of size. This would be unique to their hormonal profile.
We are all built different, have different metabolic functions, goals and lifestyles. Therefore, being "fit" is personal. How it looks to one person to the next is unique. Your body is your own and a healthy and happy body is the one in the best shape.
Therefore, it comes down to what makes you feel healthy, fit and strong. I am a believer in adding resistance training to your plan because of the metabolic benefits. For conserving muscle, building muscle and burning fat. I personally like myself more toned. That is what makes me feel strong. I like a leaner physique. Again, just my own preference. Our bodies are all different. As long as we nourish and move them, they will thrive.