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Do Women Bulk Up When They Train With Weights?

March 30, 2010

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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