Do Women Bulk Up When They Train With Weights?

One of the most common statements I hear from women who have not done resistance training before is, “And I don’t want to bulk up”.

It is a myth that women will naturally attain the bodies that female bodybuilders flaunt simply by doing resistance training.


The benefits of weight training for women go on and on, from battling osteoporosis to an increased metabolism.

So instead of embracing strength training some women will either stay out of the weight room altogether or use weights that are too light and then not get any results at all.

In an article published in the New York Times, Dr William J. Kraemer a professor of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut states, “Acquiring muscle mass requires testosterone levels that women don’t have. Instead, the toning that many women say they want comes from lifting heavy weights.”

Both men and women have to implement certain things in their lifestyle such as nutrition, supplementation and a very specific type of weight training in order to put on the muscle that you see bodybuilders wearing.

Yes, there are those that have the genetic makeup to build muscle quicker than others. And for those that do then they must adapt a training regime that includes low weights and higher repetition.

So girls, unless you really do want to “bulk up” then you won’t.

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2 Responses to “Do Women Bulk Up When They Train With Weights?”

  1. Marcia Reynolds, PsyD Says:

    You are right; I’ve heard this excuse so many times when most women should do some strength training to maintain good bone density. I went from having osteoporosis to not having it through maintaining a good diet and regular exercise. This is an important message for all women to hear.

    • longevitypt Says:

      Thanks Marcia. That’s the beauty of weight training. You really can get different desired affects. Whether it is to fight off osteoporosis to strengthening specific body parts and even strengthening your body so that it has increased stability. Weight training is the answer….Oh and yes if you do want to “bulk up” weight training will provide that as well.

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