Walk into any weight room, and you're almost guaranteed to see two things: a man straining to lift the heaviest weight he can, and a woman lifting a weight so light she doesn't break a sweat. This comes from the idea that lifting a heavy weight a handful of times will make your muscles big and bulky (something many men want but many women don't), and lifting a light weight numerous times will make your muscles long, lean, and toned (something many women want but many men don't). Can you really change the shape of your muscles with different styles of exercise? The science, we're afraid, says no.
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Written by Ashley Hamer December 5, 2016
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