Your Questions Answered: Will lifting weights make me huge?
This is one of our most commonly asked questions, and it’s a really great question to ask – as we are DYING to clear up this misconception!
So what do you girls mean by ‘huge’?
Based on what you’ve said to us, we believe it’s an image of a female body builder standing on stage in a sparkly bikini and clear, sky-high heels, posing, displaying her muscly physique. It’s certainly what Karina used to picture when she thought of lifting weights.
Underneath the surface of your skin you have muscle and fat cells. How much fat and muscle you have is what shapes your appearance. High muscle mass and low fat, gives a lean appearance.
Body builders have a really low body fat percentage for women, typically 14 to 20% (emphasis on ‘typically’ here as there is no hard and fast rule – every body is different). What is considered to be a normal body fat percentage for women is generally 21 to 33%. The figures change depending on your age and height. But you can see that there is a BIG difference between a body builder and your average girl.
It takes a lot of discipline and hard work to get your body fat percentage as low as body builders get it, and diet plays a big role.
Furthermore, these body builders put their bodies through an incredible amount of stress; lifting weights that you and I could never even dream of, as well as consuming a plethora of super-specific and targeted supplements to ensure that their muscle mass is as high as possible in comparison to their low body fat percentage.
Doing the Bikini Body Burn workouts WILL NOT result in you looking like a female body builder! If your goal is to look like one, our workouts and nutritional guidance are not for you.
So what will our workouts do to your body?
Most people’s goal is to improve their overall shape. To achieve this, you will need to increase your muscle mass (which will give you shape) and decrease your body fat (which will make that shape visible). If you have a high muscle mass and a high amount of fat, you won’t be able to see all that shape!
But how do you achieve that?
Through the right combination of diet and the right forms of exercise. And getting the combination right can be very confusing, which is where Bikini Body Burn comes in!
As mentioned in last week’s blog, resistance training is the most effective way to build muscle. Couple this with High Intensity Impact Training (HIIT) to burn fat, and our workouts are THE recipe to improve your shape! So get BBB’ing babes!
Need some proof?
Believe it or not, Karina had a higher body fat percentage in the first photo than she did in the last photo. Shocking, we know! Karina used to be addicted to cardio which burnt away her muscle.
“But she’s still thin” we hear you say. Yes she is certainly thin in the first pic, and some of you might even say you prefer this look. If you do, consider this: even though Karina is ‘thin’, she is what we call ‘skinny fat’: she has a very high body fat percentage and really low muscle mass. And if you are skinny fat, there is more than likely a layer of fat around your organs which can cause health problems.
By completing the BBB style of workouts consistently over the past two and a half years, Karina has more energy than ever and feels the best she’s ever felt! She has also drastically increased the amount of muscle that she has, which is what has given her such an amazing shape. We’re so proud of our BBB Queen!
Thank you for allowing us to clear up the myth that lifting weights will make you huge!