Myth buster: weight training makes you look like a man
Not true, unless obviously you are a man.
Women generally only have a small amount of muscle-increasing hormones (e.g. testosterone) which therefore makes bulky muscles pretty much unlikely.
Also, for those bulky muscles even to begin to happen, you’d have to lift some pretty serious weights. Lower weights with higher repetitions will build a strong lean body. No bulk in sight!
Did you know that weight training can help your bone density? From the age of 35 onwards women’s oestrogen levels decrease with menopause later in life causing significant hormone changes. Oestrogen keeps bone reabsorbing cells (osteoclasts) under control, so less oestrogen = more bone absorption = higher risk of brittle bones (osteoporosis). Loading of muscles through weight training strengthens bones and can help keep osteoporosis at bay.