Many women believe that they should never lift weight (heavy ones) since they don’t want to get “bulky”. But the fact is, its much more difficult to gain large amounts of muscle mass just by lifting heavy.
If you’re someone who wants to not only lose weight but also completely change the way your body looks, one thing that you absolutely must start doing is lifting harder.
Far too many women fear the heavy weights. They think if they pick up anything heavier than a 5-10 pound dumbbell, they’ll instantly start to bulk up, closely resembling that of Hulk Hogan.
You must get yourself out of this thought process. The truth of the matter is that women simply do not have the hormonal profile in their body that would be required to build this significant degree of muscle mass tissue. It’s just not going to happen.
In addition to that, you also would have to eat like a horse to bulk up that quickly and show significant gains in muscle mass, which is just not something that any woman plans to do.
Instead, let’s look at what lifting heavier will do for you.
Increased Metabolic Rate
The very first reason why you need to lift heavier is because this alone will increase your metabolic rate tremendously. In order to get a good calorie burn post workout, you must create something called metabolic disturbance.
The absolute best way to go about doing this is to shock the body and push it as far away from its comfort zone as you possibly can.
The best method of doing this? Heavy weight lifting.
Enhanced Muscle Tone
The second reason to consider adding heavy weight lifting into your program is because this is what will also help to enhance your muscle tone.
Simply put, light weights won’t change the way you look. You may get smaller, but you won’t really increase your definition or reshape your body. To do that, you need to use heavier weights. That is what will get you changing the way you look so you complete that full body transformation.
Improved Nutrient Partitioning
Finally, the third reason why you must lift heavier weights is because it will help improve your overall nutrient partitioning ability.
This essentially refers to where your body sends the calories you eat when you eat them. Will it shuttle the nutrients towards your body fat cells or will the muscle cells soak them up?
Obviously you want more of the foods you eat to enter into the muscle cells, as this is what will ensure that you stay your leanest.
This is precisely what lifting heavier weights will help you out with. By lifting heavier, if you do ever eat too many calories on your diet, the chances of fat gain will be very low because the body will just direct those calories straight to the muscle cells
So there you have some of the primary reasons why you must lift heavy. If you haven’t made the progress with your program that you’re looking for, making a few slight adjustments to your approach and using heavier weights will definitely help you out.
Yes, that picture is of me at the age of 40ish. Just to show that years of heavy lifting doesn’t make women bulky.