She-Hulk – Will I get bulky?
This is follow up to ”How much should I lift?” from last week. I totally understand the fear of bulking up. It wasn’t long ago I didn’t think muscles were attractive on women. Or at least that’s what I said. Now I flex my bicep in the mirror when I brush my teeth! But to answer the question NO you WILL NOT get “bulky” and you will NOT look like a man. It takes a lot of effort and time to build muscles. Not too mention, genetic gifting if you really want to (naturally) build some serious muscles. It’s just not that easy. Women simply don’t have enough testorone to bulk up. For some women even pictures of figure competitors are too muscular and they shy away from lifting heavy. We each have our own aesthetic opinions but don’t let those pictures keep you from lifting heavy. Most figure competitors don’t look nearly as muscular when they are not on stage but have tight tiny bodies that look really good in swimsuits and jeans.
You want to build muscle because the more muscle you have the more calories you’ll burn, even when you are zoned out in front of the television. Building muscles help prevent injuries. Building muscles relieve joint stress. Buidling muscles promotes graceful aging. Building muslces decreases risks of coronary disease. Building muscles is one of the best ways to prevent bone diseases. There is an older woman who works out regularly at my gym. One time we were talking I mentioned something about age and she told me she was 75. My jaw dropped to the ground because she looked and acted at least 20 years younger. I asked her what she did and she said “this” motioning to the weights. She said she has always made strength training a priority in her life. I’ve watched her lift before and she lifts some serious weight. She’s been doing it for over 50 years and she doesn’t look anywhere close to She-Hulk. She’s petite and defined, like a retired Wonder Woman. More importantly she is energetic and she said her doctors told her she had the bone density of a 25 year old. So if you are sticking to the 1 pound dumbbells because you’re afraid of getting bulking “lift” assured that you won’t bulk up but you’ll be improving your health and appearance. And if by chance you are a genetically gifted women who builds muscle really easily you can always lighten up if you feel like you are looking too cut. But don’t tell me. I’ve been working really hard to try and build muscle on my upper body and it’s a very s-l-o-w process. No worries about turning into She-Hulk, most of us will have to work our butts off to look and feel like Super Girl.