Fact or Myth: Lift Weights – Become Muscular?
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If You Lift Weights, You’ll Be Ended Up Looking Very Muscular?

When it comes to working out, I’ve heard a number of girls express their concern about getting “muscle”:
For instance, “I just want to defined and toned my muscle – I don’t want to be ended up looking very muscular.”

As it turns out, there’s no need to worry about gaining big muscle. They’re really, REALLY hard to get; it doesn’t happen overnight, not at all.

The thing is women do not have nearly as much testosterone as men. In fact, according to Bill Kreamer in Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning, women have about 15 to 20 times less testosterone than men. So, for men obviously with a way more testosterone, they are much more equipped to gain muscle. But us, women, we are naturally do not have very much testosterone in our bodies, because of that it is nearly impossible to gain big muscles like men. Unless by taking steroids or testosterone booster of course.

But here’s another thing you need to know. According to research, lifting weights could burn more calories and fat than cardio. That’s because after each lift, your muscles need energy to repair its fibers.

…but if you’re still thinking that cardio is the key to lose fat, then keep reading!

Focusing only on cardio and skipping strength training could actually make it harder for you to lose weight. If you engage in cardio too long, your body consumes all the fibers in your muscle to produce energy. Muscle loss may drop your scale weight, BUT it doesn’t improve your appearance and near in the future you will more likely to gain back the flab you lost. However, if you do more lift weight instead of only doing cardio along side with your diet, you’ll protect your hard-earned muscle and burn more fat.

The truth is, focusing only on cardio might even cause you to gain weight. For most people, the maximum amount to do cardio is around 45 minutes. But doing this excess cardio day after day, over and over again, could have a substantial impact on your body – and the muscle loss could possibly downgrade your metabolism system and giving a result in gaining more weight.

So… Do you even lift?HappyMaggy-Health-LiftWeight


Regina Stefani
(Personal Trainer)

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