If I had a dollar for every time I heard this in a consult or from someone interested in trying CrossFit I would probably have a few hundred bucks. Lifting weights can add lean muscle, but bulkiness isn’t the correct phrase to be used.
I think women look at the elite athletes and think to themselves, “That’s what CrossFit does to a woman.” They don’t want to look like that. Fact is, you won’t ever look like that. Well, unless you wanted to, but even then, the chances aren’t great for it to happen.
The girls you see online that you see as bulky live CrossFit. They’re professional athletes training to make the CrossFit games. They eat for performance and recovery. They sleep for performance and recovery. They most likely train 4-6 hours a day.
The average woman coming into the gym to workout an average of 3-4 days a week won’t get bulky. I always tell women this: If you don’t want to gain muscle, don’t lift heavy weights, if you want to play it safe.
To gain bulk you have to perform specific sets and progressively lift heavier weights. If you did by chance start gaining muscle you didn’t want to gain, you simply back off for a few weeks and you will begin losing it.
The fear of getting bulky is somewhat unfounded and shouldn’t keep you from doing CrossFit. Most CrossFit athletes are lean, toned, and healthy.
There is a distinct difference in the outcome of working out when an athlete is working out for the sake of getting fit and the athlete that is TRAINING for competition. Remember that difference.
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