We hear this fear all of the time so I will quickly assure you–especially you women–that you must adhere to a very particular repetition and load scheme to achieve hypertrophy (big manly muscles). See photo below left. In order to tone and tighten, you must lift weights! Here are the top ten benefits to weight-lifting.
10 Reasons to Lift Weights for Life
1. More muscle means higher fat burning metabolism
2. More muscle means a stronger immune system.
3. Gaining muscle lowers blood pressure and strengthens bones.