Speaking of "hulky", let's revisit the "I don't want to get all big and look like a man" myth that many women believe.
Appearance can't change unless performance does, and the performance changes are what we quantify and what we program. Your appearance when fit is almost entirely a function of your genetics, which are expressed at their best only when your training is at it's highest level, and this level is only obtainable from a program based on an improvement in your performance in the gym. To top it off the best improvements in the gym occur when participating in a program that looks more like performance athletics (i.e. CrossFit) that one that looks like waving your arms or legs around on a machine.
More Unfortunate Truths:
- Your muscles cannot get longer without some rather radical orthopedic surgery.
- Muscles don't get leaner ..... you do!
- There is no such thing as "firming & toning". There is only stronger and weaker.
- The vast majority of women cannot get large, masculine muscles from weight training. If it were that easy, I would have them!
- Women who do look like men have taken some rather drastic steps in that direction that have little to do with their exercise program.
- Women who claim to be afraid to train hard because they "always bulk up too much" are often already pretty bulky, or "skinny fat" (thin but weak and de-conditioned) and have found another excise to continue life sitting on their butts.
- Only people willing to work to the point of discomfort on a regular basis using effective means to produce that discomfort will actually look like they have been other-than-comfortable most of the time.
- You can thank the muscle magazines for these persistent misconceptions, along with the natural tendency of all normal humans to see reasons to avoid hard physical exertion.