In short, the answer is no.
A common fear amongst many women is that lifting weights equals massive muscles, but that's simply not true.
Here are the facts. Men have large amounts of testosterone coursing through their bodies; this is the primary muscle-building hormone.
Thanks to major differences in our genetic make-up - women have a tiny amount testosterone - it's near on impossible to achieve that bodybuilder image we have in our heads.
Granted there are a handful of female bodybuilders - however these women have a unique genetic make up and they take on huge amounts of calories, protein and a rigorous training plan that supports building muscle. Experts say that even if you're focused on gaining mass, you'd be lucky to gain 1 pound of muscle in a month.
If you have a healthy eating plan and work out regularly, it's highly unlikely that you will consume the colossal number of calories required to build muscle mass.
So you can lift heavy objects and not worry about getting Popeye-sized muscles anytime soon.
What are the benefits of women lifting weights anyway?
It's a massive confidence boost.
There's just something about lifting that makes you feel on top of the world. Forget the scales, lifting weights will result in getting both stronger & smaller!
Promotes fat loss
Weight training is a sure fire way to rev up your metabolism. Pound for pound, lean muscle burns a higher amount of calories so you're burning additional calories all day long.
Improves muscle definition.
Working out with weights sculpts your muscles, tones your upper body and adds shape to your booty.
Makes everyday lifting easier.
Strong muscles make carrying heavy loads from the car or moving furniture a piece of cake. Not having to rely on someone else gives you a huge sense of accomplishment and independence too!
Regular resistance training improves your bone density and lowers the risk of the brittle bone condition, osteoporosis.
So what's stopping you?
We admit it, hitting the weights section will take you out of your comfort zone - but that's where the magic happens!
After all, strong is the new sexy.
So put your headphones on, hold your head high, and get lifting!
Weight lifting makes you stronger, leaner and boosts your metabolism to turn you into a fat-burning machine.
Ready to give it a go?