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?
BuzzFeed Life reached out to Dr. Florence Comite, a New York City-based endocrinologist who specializes in precision medicine, to ask her if women who follow workout plans that call for lifting moderately heavy weights a few times per week for 45 minutes or an hour each time will get noticeably bulky. Her answer? “Unlikely.”
She explains that getting super muscular happens more readily to people with high levels of testosterone, levels generally present in men. Most women who don’t have a condition (like polycystic ovary syndrome, for example) that results in elevated testosterone just don’t have the hormones needed to pack on big, visible muscles.
The exception: high-level athletes who spend hours each day lifting heavy weights and eating a tightly controlled, low-fat diet, which, Comite says, would be a full-time job.
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 eliteCrossFit athlete, who was named Fittest Woman on Earth in 2013.
She lifts incredibly heavy weights a lot. And eats to fuel that training. So, you know: muscles.