Will Lifting Heavy Weights Make Me Bulk Up?    March 10 2011

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Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3 reps

The heavy days make the wallball days so much more enjoyable! Lift heavy to put some more strength under those wallball shots.

Will Lifting Heavy Weights Make Me Bulk Up?

We get this question a lot and to be quite honest, it’s a very reasonable question.  The misperception that mass directly correlates to strength has caused many a college boy to drink their body weight in protein shakes to put on “bulk” while simultaneously causing females nationwide to fear anything more than a 10lb. dumbbell.  The result is overweight men who are not strong and waif like women who spend their days “toning” and who are also not strong.  Tragedy strikes on both ends.

The article Why Heavy Weights Don’t Bulk Up the Female Athlete is a must read for anyone, male or female, who has ever feared weight gain or dreamed about instant mass as a result of heavy lifting.

What has your experience been with lifting heavy weights?  Post to comments.

 

  • Molly Molter

    Great article, thanks for posting Nicole. Since starting Crossfit, I have noticed more muscle definition, but I wouldn’t say I have “bulked up” – except maybe my massive guns ;) haha- but that’s from doing 150 push-ups or pull ups not the strict press. I have also become much stronger than I ever used to be even during high school when I played several sports. I think point #8 in the article is critical. I would definitely appear to be more bulked up (aka fat) if I ate like I used to. But CF Roots has taught me the importance of nutrition as the base for your performance/life so I’ve been making incremental changes towards eating more zone/paleo. Now if I could just stop drinking beer…

  • TYD

    On top of the normal seasonal fluctuations, I find I lose weight when lifting and gain while cycling. I’m the only bike racer I know of who gains weight during a stage race.

    I’m really curious to see if I continue having frequent PRs in my power/oly lifts as we move into summer and my winter weight starts to go away.

    This morning there was a really fun WOD at Alamo Crossfit in San Antonio, the “Rower’s Revenge”:
    1000m row
    10/10/10 thruster/pull-up/push-up
    800m row
    8/8/8 thruster/pull-up/push-up
    600m row
    6/6/6 thruster/pull-up/push-up
    400m row
    4/4/4 thruster/pull-up/push-up
    200m row
    2/2/2 thruster/pull-up/push-up

    Finally a big rowing WOD… and at sea level too! :)