Does training with weights make women bulky?
Some of my gym’s members and friends avoid training with anything heavier than “Barbie” dumbbells, because after several sessions they found themselves “bigger” or “wider”.
To understand what is going on, let’s not forget that our overall sizes and “width” are determined by size of bones, muscle and fat.
Bones will not be changed with your training. Then are muscles or fat growing?
Fat will grow if you eat more calories than you burn. How to eat less and burn more is a separate topic. Muscles will seem bigger after several sessions in beginners. Not being used to training they will just store more glycogen for a while. It is a temporary effect though, as muscles just cannot grow so fast. Then you need looots of food and very heavy lifting to make muscles grow.
Some women think that it is all genes and their genes are special and make their muscles grow faster. It is true, for some it is easier to gain muscle mass. However in the most cases women confuse fat and muscle. And this is the biggest problem. As what they see as “bulky” is nothing else as ridiculously small muscle covered with considerable amount of fat.
Fat loss expert, elite group fitness instructor and personal trainer based in Sheffield.