#MYTHBUSTERMONDAY "Lifting weights makes women look manly and bulk up. To look toned, you should stick to cardio & bodyweight exercises." FALSE! Biggest myth in the industry.
I get it- it's scary to lift heavy weights and break away from endless cardio, because it doesn't leave you feeling like you "got smaller" after your workout. But here's the thing. The toned cover models on magazines? They all lift weights. Whatever article they're doing bodyweight squats for is not their actual routine- if they have defined abs, arms or legs, then you better bet they hit it hard in the gym.
Lifting weights is about the LONG-TERM physique you'll achieve. The "dream body", cover-model physique most women want is built like this: YEARS of proper diet and weight training. Here's why: the more muscle you build, the higher of a metabolism you will have, and the leaner you will be able to stay year-round.... but staying leaner year-round comes with YEARS of lifting under your belt, not days, weeks or even months. Women don't have the natural hormone balance to get "bulky", no matter how insane we train, if we keep our diets in check.
For example, this video of my barbell bicep curls- I've been lifting and monitoring my nutrition strictly for almost 3 years now. I don't stay super lean year-round yet, but I'm getting there, I have more definition than I used to and I'm in no way out-of-shape. Maybe in 2-3 years or so I'll keep shreds in my offseason 😜but for now, I store a lot of fat in my upper body- that's how I am genetically. I can't change that and it makes my arms look "bulkier" than when I'm at a low body fat %, but it's not the lifting that's made them this way, in fact, lifting has made them look way better than when I was a starving cardio bunny!
THE TAKEAWAY: Lift all da weights, eat all da protein, and end up looking "toned".
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