Secondly, believing in these weight lifting myths is equal to believing in Santa Claus. Among all myths involving women who lift weights, these definitely take the cake for sheer ridiculousness.
Don’t worry, you won’t look like the Hulk. Women don’t have the same hormonal responses to testosterone as men do. Also, women usually have less muscle mass to begin with so there’s no way you’ll bulk up by doing weight lifting routines a few times a week.
Muscle Turns Into Fat
Some people think that muscle turns into fat when you stop weight lifting, and we have to say, that is one of the most ridiculous things we’ve heard. Muscle cells and fat cells are two completely different things! There’s no way one could morph into the other.
Women Shouldn’t Lift Heavy Weights
Lifting heavy weights for fewer reps increases the thickness of individual muscle fibers. In other words, lifting heavier weights will make you stronger, not bigger. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t lift heavy if you want to (unless your doctor told you not to).
You Have To Feel Sore
Soreness after exercising shouldn’t be used as a measure of how productive your workout was. That means that if you’re not feeling sore the day after your strength workout you weren’t working out hard enough.
Hard Core From The Get-Go
Just because you’re fit doesn’t mean that you can start out heavy. Being progressive is the way to go! Start off with fewer reps and lighter weights, and add more weight as time goes. That way you’ll get long-lasting results without injuring yourself.