It’s been about a month since I posted progress images. This is just about week 6 of my training program for power-lifting, and as promised, I’ve been maintaining measurements to dispel the notion that women bulk when they lift heavy weights.
As can be seen below, I’ve made little change in the way of measurements, and this image was made after my heaviest carb-meal and after an hour of circuit strength training cardio.
Compared to Week 1’s measurements I’ve had…
- 1/4 of an inch across my shoulders
- 1/2 of an inch for my biceps
- 1/2 of an inch for my biceps flexed
- 1/2 an inch around my hips
- 1/2 inch in my waist
- 1/2 an inch in my quads/thighs (primarily inner thigh, I know muscle growth has increased)
So, dear ladies, I hope this information has thus far confirmed that we won’t, indeed, bulk up if we lift heavier. The progression has been tremendous and empowering but calculated and completely within my body’s capability for adjusting and maintaining the weight. I’m still only participating in up to THREE 45-minute cardio sessions a week, which are usually circuit based and focus on strength building via kettle bells, marine ropes, TRX, and some compound movement cardio exercises.
Super shout-out to my knowledgable trainer, Mike Peltz and his gym: Revolution Training System in Tempe, AZ!