I want to lift weights, but I don’t want to bulk up.

This is a common phrase we hear when people (honestly, it is mostly women) are thinking about joining our gym, or thinking about starting a weightlifting program.
“I know I should lift weights, but I don’t want to bulk up.”
Most people think that if they lift weights they will get the physique of a ripped bodybuilder or the competitive CrossFit athlete they see on social media. To look (and perform) like those competitive athletes, you would have to be very dedicated to achieving that: You would need to be crushing 2-3 workouts per day, consume a massive diet – and spend a whole lot of time sleeping to recover from multiple, heavy training sessions! I can guarantee that most of us don’t have the time to do that. Most of us want to get and feel fit.
Thankfully, us normal folk, can glean major benefits from strength training with an efficient workout regimen that will fit into our busy schedules. Fortunately, at CrossFit Fernie, we have perfected the delivery of life-changing fitness programs that can be done at home, in the gym, or both!
The effects of forcing our muscles to work a little harder than they are used to are downright magical! As we push, pull and swing objects in volumes and sequences that create intensity, we SHAPE and SCULPT our bodies. We ignite our calorie-burning engine and the OPPOSITE of bulking up starts to happen! When you begin combining challenging weights with full-body movements in short and medium-length workouts, the results come quick. 
– Our pants waistbands become loose. 
– Our shirts start to fit better. 
– Our posture improves, and often, our back pain subsides!
Pair that with a healthy nutrition program and start burning more calories than you consume – you start to slim down, tighten up and feel better. Wishing for 6 pack abs? Once our nutrition is cleaned up, lifting barbells to the shoulders and overhead while bracing our middle can often be all the core work we need. Want a trim rear-end? Do lunges holding an object in between segments of running or rowing. Squat with a medicine ball, then do push ups.  
If you are ready to start crafting that fit, trim and healthy physique that you have always wanted, without “bulking up” we can help. Book a free consult and see how we can help you.
*original blog idea from our friends at Catalyst Gym.

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