Strength Training: Are You Afraid of Bulking Up? I Am!

Kim Conte
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hand weightsIt's the New Year, and just like everyone else it seems, I've been making an extra effort to get myself to the gym and workout. Lately, I've been eyeing the hand weights and weight machines, knowing that I need to add strength-training to my cardio routine. But, can I tell you a secret? I'm terrified of bulking up too much from lifting weights!

I kid you not, if I were to do, say, eight bicep curls with a 10-pound weight, my arm would bulk up instantly body-builder style, and I wouldn't be able to fit into any of my sweaters. Plus, on my arm, the bulk looks like fat, not muscle. (OK, I may be exaggerating just a little, but, really, I'm scared of getting larger, not smaller, from strength-training workouts.)

As it turns out, lots of women are wary of strength-training for fear of bulking up. But as I was reading on Fit Bottomed Girls, the reality is "that most women don’t produce the hormones to build bulging muscles." Additionally, building muscle in general can have positive side effects with respect to your physique. First, muscles help you look leaner and toner even if you overall weight remains the same. Second, building muscle is important for weight-loss because the more muscle you have, the more energy your body burns and the more fat your body can burn off.

So, as you can see, my fear of bulking up to superhero size is completely ridiculous. (Blushing.) I should spend less time worrying about it and get myself to the gym!

How often do you strength-train? Do you notice a difference?

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