Women often avoid weightlifting for fear of becoming a massive she-hulk, but is this a correct analysis of what happens when women lift weights?
Social media and magazines often depict a muscular woman with a barbell in their hands or close by and the natural thought is that if I lift weights, that’s what I will turn out like.
Maybe you’ve seen women that go to a CrossFit gym and you don’t want to look like that or maybe you’ve seen a YouTube video that has turned you off.
Whatever the case, you get massive by doing some weightlifting a handful of times a week isn’t going to happen. Especially overnight. The women you see, that you don’t want to be like have been lifting for years and they are eating a diet conducive to gaining mass.
The fact is, if you want to gain lean mass and burn body fat, lifting weights is the best thing for you. I’ve switched a handful of women over to our hour-long CrossFit class recently and they’ve all gained 2-3lb of lean muscle and lost 3%+ body fat in their first month.
Why? There wasn’t any progressive overload or compound movements (squats, deadlifts, bench press etc) in their training program. The simple addition of the barbell and other gymnastics movements has added more lean muscle and increased the intensity of their workouts.
Some women are more likely than others to gain muscle. My wife is one of them. She puts on lean muscle easily. She also eats really well, sleeps 8+ hours a night, and trains. She’s not just working out for the sake of working out, she has a purpose. She’s trying to get the best score and lift more weight.
If a woman was to start lifting weights and they got to a point they didn’t like the way they looked (they got “bulky”) they can simply stop or drop the weight being lifted and go for more reps. In the matter of a month or less the bulk will be gone.
Rarely does this happen and I have yet to have women come to me and regret gaining lean mass. Why? The lean mass has tightened up their body and they feel great.
Don’t be afraid of lifting weights. It’s most likely what’s missing in your exercise plan. Reach out for our help if you don’t know where to start.