Should You Lift Heavy Or Use Lighter Weights And Do More Reps?

Will lifting weights make a woman bulky? Is it better to lift weights or do cardio? Ladies lifting weights will not make you bulky, in fact weight lifting is the best way to burn fat naturally and I'd even  encourage you to lift weights everyday.

Let's talk about the many benefits of lifting weights for females.

There is one quick quiz that can easily determine if you should or should not lift heavy.


“I don’t want to look like a man.”

I know what you're thinking because I also thought that lifting heavy weights would eventually make me look like a man, which is defiantly not my goal.

I associated female body builders with women who lifted heavy, but that is seriously not a fair assumption. Most “manly looking” female bodybuilders take drugs to elevate their testosterone, which allows them to build huge muscles like we are used to seeing on men.

If a woman and a man did the same, intense, heavy lifting style workout program for an extended period without any drugs, they would NOT have the same physical results. The man would still have drastically bigger muscles. 

You will not turn into the hulk over night, I promise!

Now another important thing to keep in mind is that building muscle is a gradual process. TRUST ME you will not wake up one morning and look like a body builder.

Let’s just say you start to lift heavy and eventually decide you are happy with the amount of muscles you have gained it’s as simple as you stop lifting heavy at that point and do workouts that maintain your physique.

It’s not like once you start lifting heavy your muscles will just continue growing and growing. It’s a gradual process that you have to work on continuously.

Guys and girls have an entirely different chemical make up, so ladies DON’T BE AFRAID TO LIFT HEAVY! 

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How does lifting heavy benefit women?

  1.  When you lift heavy your muscle fibers break down and rebuild this process happens with TUT (Time Under Tension = how long a muscle is under strain during a set) Obviously the heavier the weight, the more your muscles will strain and over time the more muscle you will build! 
  2. You want to build as much muscle as possible because it increases your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), which is basically your metabolism. If you increase your BMR, you also increase how many calories your body burns at a resting heart rate. 

So to make a long explanation short… The heavier you lift, the more muscle you build. The more muscle you build, the more calories you burn, and you will not look like a man in the process I PROMISE! Check this out to get a better idea of how to plan the best workouts and what type of exercises to do-

Now to set the record straight I’m not saying light weight with more reps is bad, it will build muscle in a different way/different part of your muscles. In fact, I incorporate both heavyweight fewer reps and light weight more reps into my workouts, but you will get better, quicker results from lifting heavy. 

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Hi, I'm Megan a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, on a mission to help all women, like you, get fired up about their goals, learn the most effective workouts to burn fat, be their most confident self, and never settle for an average workout, relationship or life.

My goal is to debunk all the fitness myths and conflicting information about diet and exercise, so you can enter the gym with determination and a plan in hand to crush your goals.  Whether you want to perform like an athlete, lose weight or build more muscle, I got you girl!

There is no force more powerful than a woman who's determined.