Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Slimming Down - Should You Lift Weights?

I often have to educate and persuade my new clients (especially women) to not fear weight-lifting (resistance training.) Many women who aim to slim down fear that weight-lifting would inadvertently give them big bulky muscles like Mr. Olympia. That is as logical as saying, "If I start practicing martial arts kicks, I will inadvertently become Bruce Lee." Of course that's ridiculous. You won't just unintentionally become a rapid-fire kicker like Bruce Lee just by practicing kicks. Well, that's also true with weight-lifting. You will not gain unwanted bulky muscles by just lifting weights, especially if you do it correctly in a way designed to build long lean muscles.

It is even more irrational for women to fear weight-training because you really need a high level of testosterone to build bulky muscles. Women generally have less testoterone than men. Even men with normal levels of testosterone have trouble building big muscles. Therefore, it is really irrational to fear big muscle gains from lifting weights for those of you who want to slim down.

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