True or False Women who strength train will get big bulky muscles?

Women lack the hormones needed to make their muscles big like men’s. Even the biggest of female bodybuilders are smaller than male bodybuilders. Women who have overly large muscles often develop them because they lift very heavy weights, exercise for several hours a day, and consume many thousands of calories. Sometimes they are also blessed with muscle fibers that get bigger from strength training.

Strength training is something all women should do to improve the length and quality of their lives. Strength training increases metabolism as well as improves bone density.

Try one of the YMCA Women’s Resistance Training programs to introduce yourself to the benefits of weight training. Please see your branch for specific times and days.


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