Lifting = Bulky?

When I first started working out I would spend countless hours on the treadmill. I never dared venture into the “man side” of the gym. No way. After all I didn’t want to be big and bulky like Arnold. Not very feminine. I had this idea that eating minimal calories and walking at a steady pace on a treadmill would help me me loose weight so I could be fit and happy. Nonsense. It would be another 8 years before I found out the truth of what I was doing to my body.

1) I was in starvation mode
2) I was burning muscle not fat
3) I would not turn into a shehulk

The #1 Weighlifting Myth

Lifting and taking any sort of protein shakes will make you bulky.

This is is 100% false.  Lifting will burn fat and your muscles will get stronger.  They only get bigger if you are eating at a calorie surplus and no you will not look like Iris.  To get her look you need to have a small amount of body fat (essential fat women is 10-13%), eat a huge amount of calories and spend long hours at the gym. Women just do not have enough testosterone to get bulky like this. Look it up, there’s tons of research on this subject.

 

What happens when you lift?

1) Self confidence boost (seriously I can attest to this)
2) Sleep like a baby
3) You get stronger not bulky
4) You get to eat and not feel like your starving

Cameron Diaz & Tire Workout

Cameron Diaz & Tire Workout

A Very Feminine Cameron

A Very Feminine Cameron

There is nothing manly about Cameron Diaz at all. She works hard, she’s got plenty of muscle and low body fat.

One of my favorite fitness models out there.  I followed her live fit program and saw great results. She’s strong, curvy and looks nothing like a shehulk. Very nice.

 What weightlifting has done for me?

 

Lost 20 Pounds

Lost 20 Pounds

Self Esteem Boost

Self Esteem Boost

Stronger

Stronger

1) My bodyfat decreased about 5-6% – currently sits at 24%
2) Lost 20lbs (more detail in another post)
3) Self confidence bost
4) I have baby muscles (see my shoulder caps – small but they are there)
5) More sleep less stress
6) I am not starving – I eat about 1,900 calories (estimate)
7) I drink 1-2 protein shakes a day
8) I look nothing like a shehulk
9) I am the strongest I have ever been
10) I learned to not trust the scale – lies lies lies!

Next time you go into a gym don’t be afraid to try the lifting section. Once you start lifting you will never go back to boring cardio. It just won’t happen.

Sources: bodybuilding.com, Nerdfitness

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