Will lifting weights make me bulky?

The quick answer is “probably not.”

We are here for our health and fitness, not to get bulky. We want to get lean and strong by eating well, lifting weights, sleep well, and doing it often.

You see the bodybuilders on tv have to work really hard to get that big with strict macro counting and hours in the gym. It is possible, but difficult. 

Here’s the simplified version for both.

Health and Fitness = Lean and Strong

Eat Well. Eat nutrient dense foods. Reduce the amount of processed foods and alcoholic drinks. Drink 1/2oz of water per pound of bodyweight

Lift Weights. Lifting weights and learning proper technique now can stop you from possible injuries later in life.

• Sleep. Try getting at least 6 hours of sleep. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on your off days.

Remove Stressors. Take some time for yourself. Try journaling for a few minutes each day. Remove electronics 1 hour before bed.

Getting Bulky

Eat Well. Eat a LOT of clean food. You have to eat a lot, and no junk. Also 0 alcohol if you’re goal is to bulk.

Lift Weights. Same as we recommend for our lean athletes.

Sleep. You’ll need more sleep, at least 8 hours a night. Cool the room to 68 degrees for better quality. 

Remove Stressors. Same as our lean athletes. Maybe a little extra care for our joints if were adding weight to our frame.

In summary

If you aren’t trying to bulk up, you won’t.

You will get leaner and stronger following the CrossFit methodology listed about!