So many women shy away from weight training for fear that they will “bulk up” like men do. First, men have much higher levels of testosterone than women do, that hormone contributes to the way men develop muscle. Second, you would have to workout extremely intensely (think female bodybuilder) in order to alter the size of your muscle dramatically. Zatsiorsky and Kreamer in Science and Practice of Strength Training say that women have to train with heavy weights. They strengthen the muscles as well as create positive adaptations within the bones and connective tissues. So lift away! They payoff will be a toned, strong body!

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