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Do heavy weights make women big and bulky?

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Today’s post is by none other than my good friend Nia Shanks.

She has featured on my Top 50 list before, and runs a mean blog over at niashanks.com. Whilst I’ve written extensively in the past on the topic of women lifting heavy weights, it’s great to be able to offer a perspective from a coach and strength trainer who is, in fact, female!

It’s not just Nia…

With the recently crowned Miss America being a huge advocate for heavy weight lifting, and even my own wife ditching a lot of her previous ‘light weights’ in favour of some seriously heavy sh*t — it surely won’t be long before the myth of ‘bulky women and weights’ is firmly laid to rest.

Take it away Nia…
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Surprise! Weight Lifting DOESN’T Make Women Big ‘n Bulky!

It’s a super exciting time in the world of female fitness.

Now more than ever women are ditching the tiny pastel dumbbells and instead are picking up heavy things via deadlifts, squats, presses, and other bodyweight and free weight exercises.

And guess what’s happened as a result to those who do?

Despite lifting heavy weights and crushing bodyweight exercises like push-ups, chin-ups, and other movements, women are NOT getting all big ‘n bulky.

Nope. Just the opposite is happening.

Still think lifting heavy weights will make you big ‘n bulky?

Nia Shanks

That’s me. Deadlifting heavy weights has done nothing but IMPROVE my physique

Women are losing fat, sculpting some sexy muscle, and building a physique they love and getting the results other gimmicks and fads failed to deliver. In addition, they’re discovering their true physical potential.

Busting out bodyweight chin-ups and deadlifting twice their bodyweight?

Yep. Women are doing that, and so much more.

The truth is finally emerging about the real benefits of progressive resistance training. It’s proving to be one of the most effective ways to build an amazing looking body.

And if that’s not enough, women are actually having a BLAST in the process!

It’s true. You don’t have to dread working out and force yourself to go to the gym any longer. When you follow a well written strength training program, you can actually have a ton of fun.

A solid routine will challenge you physically, as well as mentally. You’ll surprise yourself with what you’re truly able to accomplish in the gym. Needless to say, you’ll burn body fat and build a feminine physique, too.

And don’t be surprised when your self-confidence skyrockets. I’ve witnessed this amazing strength-training-side-effect in almost every single client I’ve trained. After a few weeks of lifting progressively heavier weights, something just seems to click with female trainees. This usually happens when they surprise themselves by lifting more weight than they thought they were capable of, or achieving their first picture perfect push-up or pull-up.

Whatever the trigger – strength training will renew your self-confidence in and out of the gym.

Proper strength training will allow you to get the results you really want, and it can be accomplished in a few workouts per week.

So if you’re interested in . . .

  • Addicting workouts that keep you motivated
  • Losing fat and sculpting some sexy muscle
  • Finally getting the physique transformation results you crave
  • Then check out the 15 Week Muscle Sculpting Program that’s receiving rave reviews from female trainees.

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Over to you…

Are you a lady that lifts HEAVY? Or do you lift the lighter weights to make sure you don’t get all ‘big and bulky’? Comment below.

AUTHOR - Nia Shanks

Nia is a writer, personal trainer, and lover of life who promotes and teaches sane and simple, no non-sense strength training and nutrition information. Her goal is to help as many individuals as possible achieve their body composition and performance goals through simple, tried and true, stress free strength training and nutrition guidelines and show people they can actually have fun during the process.

  • http://www.michaelhoadblog.com/ Mike

    Nice article. This myth is still so common in a lot of gyms and the industry. People need to realise that everyone they aspire to look like lifts weights in some format.

  • Spenser

    I find it funny when women (or men) think this way. Ask people that are TRYING to bulk up, it doesn’t happen by accident!

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