In my experience as a personal trainer, it has always been difficult to convince some people to train with weights.
Many people have come to me over the years believing that lifting weights is dangerous and that it is sure to make them look like The Incredible Hulk within 2-weeks time.
Actually, it’s far more dangerous to go through life not lifting weights than it is to lift weights.
And it is extraordinarily difficult to look anything like The Incredible Hulk.
The fact is that most people that ARE TRYING to get big, can’t even get big.
It’s very audacious of anyone to think that they might start to look “too bulky” by accident.
***It takes years and years of frequent, consistent, and sufficiently intense weight training to build muscle***
The majority of people who are concerned with getting too bulky will never train for enough years, will never train frequently or consistently enough, and because of their misinformed belief that they’ll probably get too big from this stuff, will never train at high enough intensities to risk getting anywhere near the dysmorphic size they fear they’ll become. So there’s one more reason not to worry.
I don’t encourage weight training to firmly impose my training style and goals onto others. It really doesn’t matter what your goal is. I already know you should train with weights.
Properly utilizing the weights will support any training goal.
If you want to slim down, you should lift weights.
The weights won’t make you bigger, it’s other things you’re doing that may.
By the way, not all exercise that includes weights is “weight training”. If you’re using a weight for a set of 8 that you could really do 15 times, you aren’t lifting weights, you are quite literally wasting your time (go back and find the ***).