I frequently encounter women who are resistant to strength training (i.e. weight lifting or resistance training) because of their fear of bulking up. Learn why this is not a valid fear.
Here are the facts.
1. Strength training will increase muscle, however, not to the extreme degree (unless, of course, you are planning on dedicating several hours a week to strength training).
2. For each pound of muscle you add to your body, you will increase your metabolism. This means, that you will be burning more energy (calories) all the time (i.e. in the shower, sleeping, watching TV…all the time).
3. For women to drastically increase their lean muscle mass, they must not only strength train several hours a week, very intensely, but they must also have the proper nutrition to support the muscle repair.
Chances are the average fitness weight lifter is not doing either of those things.
The benefits of strength training are endless, consider these:
increased bone density
improved blood sugar regulation
and many more….
If you are unsure where to start with strength training, invest in a personal trainer. You will learn skills you will use for a lifetime.
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