One of the biggest myths out there is the myth of women growing big muscles if they lift weights or get into weight training. Old myths are hard to get rid of. I have heard many times from women who haven’t even lifted barbell weight in their life state that they don’t lift weights because they fear getting too big.
First off I’d like to see them try, as any muscle building takes a lot of work even for the smallest amounts of growth and second men and women can only grow so much because of genetics. If lifting weights made everyone huge like you see in magazines you’d see everyone in the gyms looking like that. You rarely see huge bodybuilders around because to get that huge man or women, it takes the help of drugs.
In countless cases women want to lose body fat and the last thing they think of is lifting weights or getting into bodybuilding. That’s because their mind set of bodybuilding is this huge muscular looking figure. Truth is, yes you can create a good figure, but getting “too big” is just about impossible. Here’s the thing. During the rest time when muscles re-energize, (after working them) they eat body fat for dinner. In other words the muscles go after fat to get more energy required. Keeping it simple, the more a muscle is worked (without over training) the more fat it will eat up. I have seen cases were the women focuses on the bodybuilding and learning, rather the standing on the scale every day watching the weight and they have had unbelievable success losing weight. Stay off the scale and use the mirror.
What happens when a women or man focuses on building and shaping muscles rather than fat loss is the fat or weight loss becomes the byproduct of the bodybuilding and toning. By the way there really is no such thing as toning. You either have muscle growth (hypertrophy) or no growth and toning is simply muscle growth. A so called cut muscle or ripped muscle in many cases shows more with a dehydrated body. My point is to make your target to build muscles and the weight loss follows behind on its own. It’s much easier and more interesting to focus on the exercises rather than the weight loss. Building muscles has a greater effect on weight loss than cardio workouts. Because gained muscle burns fat (while you sleep). Go into any gym and you will find most people riding the bikes rather than lifting weights. Because of years of being told cardio workouts are the way to lose weight everyone does it.
Lifting weights will help lose the fat twice as fast and keep it off. Do both is even better. I can’t count how many people I know who lost weight doing cardio workouts like running and bike riding, (cardio workouts, work the heart muscle) only to find that a few weeks later after they slow it down or quit they gain it all back. It takes two weeks to lose cardio shape and it takes months to lose gained muscle.
By Mike Thornton Certified Fitness Trainer UFit Exercise