This Is What Women Who Lift Weights Actually Look Like

    Spoiler: You probably won't get bulky (unless you really want to) but you definitely will look and feel like a boss.

    So, you've heard that lifting weights makes women look "bulky."

    And just, well, unattractive.

    But did you know that how muscular you get has to do with how much you train, your diet, and your genetics?

    In other words, the vast majority of women who lift weights, even heavy ones, a few times a week as part of their exercise routine...

    ...Will not get bulky.

    Someone who might get crazy muscular is this elite CrossFit athlete, who was named Fittest Woman on Earth in 2013.

    On the other hand, the body/physical changes you can count on happening include speedier metabolism.

    No, seriously: It burns fat more efficiently than steady-state cardio (e.g. hours on the treadmill).

    Lifting also helps you live longer.

    In fact, you're likely to feel downright unstoppable.

    And powerful.

    But OK, back to the "how weightlifting will make you look" thing.

    You will definitely look badass.

    And tough.

    And strong AF.

    And ready to take on anything.

    Which, btw, you are. Whether that means flipping a tire...

    ...Or standing that loaded barbell up.

    ...Or setting up for the perfect lift.

    ...Or getting a kettlebell over your head.

    You'll also definitely look like you're having fun breaking your own personal records.

    In fact, you're liable to look like you're having the time of your life.

    Which tbh you probably are.

    Whether it's because you've made friends with other badass women lifters.

    Or because you know you're about to do something incredible.

    Or because you just did something incredible.

    And you love the feeling of crushing your workout.

    So, yeah, when it comes to body composition and goals, everyone is different.

    And there's no one or right way to look.

    But feeling strong and powerful is pretty boss.

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