“I won’t lift weights because I don’t want to get too big.”

Cardio rooms in gyms across the world are full of women avoiding resistance training for the fear of “getting too bulky” or looking “masculine”. Trust us, if it was that easy to build muscle, supplement companies would be struggling to make ends meet!

The reality is that muscle is hard gained for everyone, men and women alike, but as a women our bodies produce around 20 times less testosterone than men meaning it is near-on impossible for us to ‘bulk-up’ in the same way that they do.

In actual fact, the only way to sculpt that ‘toned’ body you’ve been spending endless hours on the cross-trainer trying to achieve, is by lifting heavy: frequently and consistently! Whilst aerobic exercise burns calories during your workout, weight training can elevate your metabolism for up to 39 hours meaning you’re still burning through calories long after you’ve finished training.

The long-term effect of balanced resistance training is an increase in lean muscle mass and, consequentially, a higher basal metabolic rate (increased calorie burn at rest), in turn resulting in improved insulin sensitivity and, ta dah…Fat loss! All equating to a smaller, tighter frame.

So please, dispel the myth. Leave the fear behind and embrace weight lifting with free abandon – utilise resistance training to build and sculpt the body you want!