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Will Lifting Weights Make Me Bulky?

By StuartSport 14 Feb 2019

Ok, so we're far into 2019, you’ve been hitting the gym regularly and keeping to your New Year’s resolutions. There’s only one problem though, the Treadmill and Cross-Trainer are getting just a little bit boring.

You glance over at the dumbbells and the fixed weights machines, but decide against it because you don’t want to get ‘too bulky’

Does this sound familiar?

Today we’re going to look at why this isn’t the case and how adding resistance training to your programme can help you achieve better results in the gym.   

There is a common myth surrounding resistance training that by lifting weights you will automatically pack on lots of muscles mass and will be walking around like Arnold Schwarzenegger in no time……….WRONG!

 Putting on large amounts of muscle mass is something that MIGHT happen if you train consistently for YEARS, have excellent nutrition, have a training programme centered around increasing muscle mass, have good genetics and a good amount of testosterone (Testosterone levels in females is significantly lower than in males).

For the vast majority of us, lifting weights is likely to add lean muscle mass and make us stronger for day to day activities and generally improve our health and wellbeing.  



So what benefits are there to adding weights and resistance training to my gym workouts?

  • improved muscle strength and tone – to protect your joints from injury

  • Weight management and increased muscle-to-fat ratio – as you gain lean muscle, your body becomes more efficient.

  • May help reduce or prevent cognitive decline in older people

  • Prevention or control of chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, back pain, depression and obesity.

  • Improved mobility and balance

  • Increased bone density and strength as well as reduced risk of osteoporosis

  • Improved sense of wellbeing – resistance training can boost your self-confidence and your mood.



So there you have it,  lifting weights won't turn you into a bodybuilder. There are lots of benefits to adding resistance training to your gym programme.

If you are unsure about using free or fixed weights in the gym, speak to a member of our staff who will gladly assist you. If you are a member with us, then take advantage of our personalised programme service.  For more information or to book an appointment email: sportsreception@qmu.ac.uk









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