Worried weight training will make you gain weight? We ask the experts for a completely honest answer!

Will weight training make me gain weight? PHOTO Women's Health & Fintess

A basic understanding of muscles tells us that strength training only makes them bigger. But even though you might be coveting the curves of a Victoria’s Secret model over the rippling sinews of a female bodybuilder, you’ll find the conduit to all your muscle aesthetic ‘wants’ still isn’t the treadmill.

“There’s a saying that cardio will make you a smaller version of yourself, but only weights have the power to truly change the shape of your body, which I think is true,” says personal trainer and co-founder of the Creating Curves program Alexa Towersey. We asked her what she thought about weight training myths: 

Tell us, honestly, does strength training make us 'fat'?
"'Getting big' is one of the most common stigmas that is attached to lifting weights; however, most women do not have the genetic or hormonal makeup, enough testosterone, to really develop muscular size and definition, certainly not in the timeframe that they think.

Lifting weights encourages the development of lean muscle, which increases your resting metabolism, and can make you hungrier. This is where most people come undone: you won't 'get big' from lifting weights, you'll get big from eating crap while you're lifting weights. To stay long and lean, pick the right exercises in the right rep range and support your training with optimal nutrition."


But what if I gain weight?
"Most people do not understand the difference between 'weight loss' and 'fat loss' – muscle weighs more than fat, but is smaller in size. Would you rather be bigger and weigh less, or smaller and weigh more? Know your own objective, and train for it."

 

NEXT:  How to look toned (not skinny), or find out how many reps you should be doing.