A common misperception is that women will get bulky from strength training. They won’t. Not unless they start popping pills and sticking needles in their buttocks.There is no reason to train differently based purely on your sex. Both sexes gain and lose muscle and fat the same way. It’s true, men and women often have different goals. But surprisingly, these different goals can be achieved with the same program.
Most women aren’t looking to develop big chests and arms, but rather to firm and tone their entire body, especially their legs and glutes which tend to be the hardest things to maintain as they age. The ironic thing is that they should do exactly the same thing to achieve these goals as men should do to bulk up. Women too often just take their arms along for the ride when they workout. Remember, men and women’s muscles are identical, the only difference being in size. It’s virtually impossible that a woman would get bulky, muscular arms from doing upper body exercises. Even most steroid-saturated professional female bodybuilders don’t have huge upper bodies. Some women continually fail to understand that if they exercised their upper bodies as much as their lower, their tummies would just be that much flatter, and their glutes that much tighter, because they would be increasing their overall lean muscle mass. Again, building and maintaining muscle, alone, is the most effective way to burn fat and calories.In contrast, the manly man has been taught to hit the bench press, lat pull down machine, squat rack, and other contraptions of bodybuilding that achieve less functional and less physically attractive results than the full array of bodyweight exercises in my programs.