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Can You Get Bulky From Lifting Weights?

The Common Fitness Myth This Celebrity Trainer Wants You to Stop Believing ASAP

If you're trying to lose weight, you've probably spent your fair share of poking around on the internet for tips. You may still be a little nervous about lifting weights, though, and that's understandable. But Jason Wimberly, celebrity trainer and creator of The Wall and Wimberlean, wants you to forget everything you think you know about strength training, because there's no way you're going to get "bulky" from weightlifting.

"It is shocking that in 2018, we still have to fight the fear that lifting weights will make you bulky," he told POPSUGAR. "While cardio can change one's size, the only way to change your shape or harden your muscles is by weight training."

Jason points out that there are certain kinds of weight training that could potentially lead to a "bulkier physique," but this is really hard for women to accomplish because we have so much less testosterone in our bodies than men do.

"If still not convinced of the power of weight training, keep with resistance bands and cables a little bit longer," Jason advised. "While they can be a lot less intimidating than pumping iron, a resistance band can actually put just as much work, if not more, on the muscles you are training. A band can work in multiple planes and directions of movement, and can give you even more freedom in your weightlifting sessions."

Another useful piece of advice from Jason is to "avoid machines that focus on singular muscle groups." Rather than hopping on the machine that only works your inner thighs, Jason suggests you "opt for multi-joint functional movements that use more than one muscle group at a time or combine exercises into a singular movement." Not only will you be strengthening multiple body parts at once, but your heart rate will spike up and you'll burn more calories in the long run.

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