Today's blog is geared toward muscular growth and what really happens to the body during weight training. I cannot tell you how often I hear people tell me they are scared to lift because they will be too muscular or bulky. I want to set the record straight and explain how the body works...
Three things can change your muscular size:
First off, ladies you will NOT look like a man. Men naturally have more testosterone in their bodies and therefore can put on muscle mass easier than woman. <---- please read that again!
Look at bodybuilding for example: a lot of bodybuilding athletes spend YEARS trying to gain maybe 5-10lb of muscle. Do you know how hard it is to actually put on quality muscle?! If you have a magic trick and can do it within 4 weeks, please let me know.
Every body is different and there is no one way to do something. The type of body you have has a big impact on how you adapt to a new strength training routine. Mesomorphs are usually naturally athletic bodies that can put on muscle and drop body fat easier. Ectomorphs are typically skinny built. They have quick metabolisms making it hard for them to retain muscle mass and fat. And lastly, endomorphs are known for carrying more fat around their hips and waist and tend to have a hard time when it comes to losing fat.
How you train can have an impact on your physique. Typically, when aiming to put on "size," you stay within the hypertrophy range (8-12reps). If you are aiming for the longer and leaner look keep your reps higher (15-25reps).
Don't be scared of the weights ladies, weight training will actually help you. When you strength train you are building muscle (lean muscle). The more muscle you have the more fat you will burn. You will actually burn calories for a longer duration post workout than you would if you did cardio for the same amount of time. I am all about being efficient and this my friends, is how you do it!
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In good health,
Always consult your doctor before starting a new fitness or nutrition program.
Cristina Walterman, owner of CW Physique, let's you in on fitness and nutrition tips, recipes, exercises and much more. With over 8 years of experience in the industry, she loves to inspire and motivate individuals. She always practices what she preaches and leads by example.