You’ve heard: To avoid bulking up, you should skip heavy weights and do a lot of reps with light weights.
The truth: This myth just won’t seem to go away! Most women don't have the hormones or the muscle mass needed to get really big muscles, Neporent says. “You'd have to spend hours and hours in the gym to build up [muscle mass], and even then most women are incapable of really bulking up.”
Don’t shy away from weights that challenge you. To reshape your body, Neporent recommends lifting heavier weights and pushing yourself to the point where you fatigue your muscles within 8-15 reps.
Bottom line: It's a great idea to incorporate heavy weight lifting into your workout routine. Just be sure to gradually work up to more challenging weights and always practice good lifting form and technique. If you're not sure how to perform a certain move, ask a trainer or look to helpful online resources.