(Closed) Weights?

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I can’t believe  a trainer would say that.  I lifted big weights before my wedding – 25 pounds per hand chest press, 15 pound each curls, etc) and didn’t get bulky at all.  It is really really hard for women to get bulky.  I was super worried about this too, my husband sent me a bunch to read to convince me I would get bulky, and I did 4-5 months of 5 day a week lifting with no bulk, just awesome definition.   Honestly 3 pound weights probably won’t do anything for you.  Google women weightlifting and bulky and you will get a zillion articles saying this just isn’t true….




Post # 4
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2020 - Outdoor ceremony, banquet hall reception

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe a personal trainer would say that!

It is absolutely impossible for women to get big bulky muscles from lifting weights! Unless they’re taking testosterone, of course.

I use weights ranging from 3-10 pounds. And soon I’ll probably go heavier. It takes big weights to shape certain muscles (like your lats, etc). Don’t be afraid to go heavy!

Post # 5
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

btw, 5 pound weights for the Shred is great, since there is so much repetition!! very impressive 🙂 

Post # 6
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

This trainer was  full of you know what…  maybe he meant bulky compared to kate moss… I don’t know.  But no, you won’t get bulky using 5lbs.  You will get definition and strength, which is what you need.  I have done lots of weight lifting in the past and never have I gotten bulky.

Post # 7
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think the whole "bulk" thing is a pretty well debunked myth at this point.  5 lb weights certainly will not do it to you… Sure, if you did a massive weightlifting regimen where you were maxing out on the weight that you could lift, and eating a huge protein load daily… you might be able to increase your muscle bulk.  I don’t think that you’d opt for such an extreme regimen!

Post # 8
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think clearly the personal trainer on Oprah had some catching up to do.

Even before I got engaged, I was working with a personal trainer just to tone up a bit.  When I say tone up, I mean TONE UP.  After over a year with my trainer(at three sessions a week of weight training), this is a sample of the weights we work with:

Chest press with 50 lb bar, curls with 15 lb hand weights, tricep pushdowns with 40 pounds, lateral pulldowns with 36 lbs, squats with around 100-150 lbs, and leg presses at 190 lbs. 

I also have been on a high protein, low carb diet for several months at a time.

The result?  Greater definition, strength, endurance, and energy.  Bulk? 


"Bulk" depends on pure genetics, and as people mentioned above, serious amounts of steroids in the case of women.  You don’t have to worry about bulk.  You’ll look fabulous for your wedding!

Post # 9
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

i’ve been using 10-15 pound weights 3x a week for the past 7 months and i’m definitely not bulkier.  the other day i fit into a dress that i hadn’t in years. 

i saw that clip too, but i’ve never heard of any other trainer using weights so light! 

Post # 10
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

Yeah, me either – I think that’s true if you are a size two or less, but…. I’m sure not that tiny!  I use 5-8lb. weights.  That trainer is used to working with tiny celebs, so I think she might have forgotten what mainstream America looks like.  🙂

Post # 11
5822 posts
Bee Keeper

The idea that more weight makes women bulky was something promulgated in the 1990s!!  Stay with your 5lbs, that’s pretty good for the 30 day shred, that DVD kicks my butt!!  You’ll be very happy with your results.  🙂

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