There is a common misconception, especially among women that if you work out with weights you will get huge, bulky muscles. Much of this comes from our perception that women who lift weights will look like a professional female bodybuilder. Nothing could be further from the truth. Professional bodybuilders look the way they do by choice. How much muscle can women build? This article can help shed some light on the truth.
Simply lifting weights will not cause you to get massive muscles and lose your female shape. If you are afraid you will look like a bodybuilder remember that the pros are that way because of the way they train and the lifestyle they lead. In many cases anabolic steroids play a significant role in that look. Training to stay healthy and firm up will not cause you to bulk up.
So how can women tone muscle? In order to tone muscle you have to have muscle. Of course we all have muscles but some are grossly underdeveloped due to inactivity or genetics. In some cases it is better to first try and bulk up, if even a little to increase the size of the muscles that you want to tone. That doesn’t mean you will get huge but if you are underweight or “too thin” then bulking up a little would be a good idea.
How much muscle can women build? As much as they want to a point. A woman typically will never look as large as a male bodybuilder because they don’t produce enough testosterone. It takes a long time and a lot of training to build large muscles. If that is what you want to do then that’s fine. If you’d rather tone and firm the muscles that you have then you need to perform lighter weights and 8 to 12 reps per set per bodypart. These weight workouts need to be combined with cardio and proper nutrition.
What’s important to remember from this article is that just because you train with weights that doesn’t mean you will get huge muscles. The type of training you do will dictate the response that you get. Remember that you do need a solid base of muscle to work with if you want to tone up.