Will Weight Training Give Me Bulky Muscles

Weight training is a type of exercise that uses weights to build muscle and burn calories.  Gravity provides the resistance for this.  The equipment needed is free weights such as barbells or machine weights.  Machine weights are more expensive but can be safer because the weights are stacked and drop back on themselves and not on the people using them.

Women often avoid weight training because they think it will give them bulky muscles and they will begin to look like men. This is a misconception. The muscle structure for both men and women is basically the same, but the way they react to weight training is different because of testosterone levels. Men and women both have testosterone in their bodies, but men have much higher levels.

Some women believe that weight training is for men and cardiovascular workouts are for women.  While cardiovascular exercises are excellent for overall fitness and stamina, weight training is best for burning calories.  Weight training will increase the ratio of lean to fat muscle mass and this will help burn more calories every day.

After a weight training workout, the metabolism remains elevated for 12 to 24 hours.  This elevated metabolism continues to burn calories, and this benefit is not there after cardiovascular exercises unless it is extremely intense with both low-intensity and high-intensity intervals.

For men and women weight training increases the adenosine triphosphate, creatine phosphate and glycogen concentration.  The amount of change will vary according to the intensity of the training.  The two kinds of changes in the muscles caused by weight training are neurogenic and myogenic.

Health Benefits

Weight training also improves the efficiency that the body uses sugar which lowers the risk of developing diabetes.  For people with normal or borderline hypertension weight training can reduce blood pressure which lowers the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

Weight training is a good way to burn calories and lose weight.  Whether the muscles get large and bulky is up to the individual man, but women will become lean and sleek.

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