Who doesn’t want to look like a Victoria’s Secret Model? Or that celebrity in amazing shape on the cover of the hottest fitness magazine? It’s hard to deny that the women we see in the media on a daily basis are insanely fit and I bet I know how they did it: strength training with heavy weights. And shockingly, they don’t look like bodybuilders! Although these images are based on ideals and specific body types it doesn’t mean that women can’t strive to look their best and get in great shape too. Many women still believe that using little or no weight for a high volume of repetitions will yield a sleek, sculpted, “toned” physique…WRONG. By lifting heavy weights, and we don’t mean purple 5 pound hand weights, your muscles will respond by growing, your metabolism will increase with muscle growth, bones will become denser, and you become innately stronger. Muscle is metabolically active while fat is not, therefore the more muscle you have the more calories you will burn, even at rest! Pure cardio only builds endurance it does not build muscle but lifting does, and replacing 10 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of muscle will burn you an extra 25 to 50 calories without even trying. Female bodybuilders only look bulky because they train, eat and take supplements specifically to look like that and it is not a natural outcome of lifting heavy weights. Lifting heavy weights will not only build dense, strong muscle but it will burn fat as well. It is also important to always remember that creating calorie deficits and eating a proper diet will only propel your progress forward and reveal those muscles sooner! So pump some iron today, your metabolism will thank you.