Women and Weights

  • Posted August 5, 2012

by Kyla Gagnon

It’s a common concern among women.

Will I bulk up if I train with weights???

Am I better off just doing cardio??

I am here to tell you plain and simple,

NO you will not bulk up with weights ( unless of course you go in with that as a specific goal, proper nutrition and supplementation and some HEAVY lifting strategies)


NO cardio will not get you the body that I can assure we all want.

How can I be so sure that we all want the same body???

In my 8 years of personal training NOBODY has ever requested we work on increasing the lose skin and ‘sag’ factor of the rear end, waist line, or under arms.


FROM EXPERIENCE, I have been weight training for 12 years and only ….ONLY In this past year have I been able to REALLY see some muscular development worth bragging about.

The average rep range one would need to ‘bulk’ up is 5-8, versus the typical 15-20 for the average female in the gym aiming to tone and lengthen.

When I say 5-8 reps, keep in mind that these are HEAVY reps. Heavy enough that the 8th rep is just about NOT happening…..

I feel confident that the average female starting a gym routine isn’t going to hop on the 5-8 heavy rep train straight off the bat, and thusly will NOT bulk up by lifting weights.

What she WILL recieve in turn :

  • Strength
  • Independence
  • Tighter Muscles
  • Less Body Fat
  • Decreased risk of Osteoporosis
  • Increased athletic ability, and endurance
  • Decreased risk of joint injury, back injury, muscle strains, and arthritis
  • Decreased risk of Heart Disease
  • Decreased risk of Diabetes
  • Improved attitude and lowered risk for depression


BOTTOM line girls-

Train with weights, eat clean, do daily cardio of some sort, even brisk walking, drink water and sleep…..

You will live a longer, happier and TIGHTER life, I promise

~Kyla Gagnon, BodyRipped Coach and Inside Out Fitness Owner and Personal Trainer, Victoria, BC

Magnum Nutraceuticals sponsored athlete


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