BULKY VS. TONED

Does lifting weights make women bulky?

Unpopular opinion alert: YES, lifting weights can make women look bulky. The fitness world will tell you that this isn't possible due to gender and hormones. But how do they know the amount of muscle mass that you want? Speaking from personal experience, it’s absolutely possible to look bulky as a female! In the past, we lifted weights without any attention to nutrition besides trying to eat “healthy," which involved overconsumption of avocado, nuts, and fruit smoothies.

When our female members share this concern with us after encouraging them to do the strength training workouts in our app, what they really mean is: they don’t want a high amount of muscle mass and higher body fat than desired. When they tell us that they want to look “toned”, we understand that they want lean muscle mass with lower body fat.


Adding lean muscle tissue without the bulk requires consistent, progressive strength training in the right rep range and style for your body type and goals, paired with balanced nutrition.


This is why our programs are 100% customized for each individual. Our commitment to you is getting real about your goals and providing you with the exact blueprint to achieve what you want. And oftentimes, once our members get a taste of feeling strong in the weight room, many forget about the number on the scale and start to love on those chiseled arms that pop through! Case in point:

Pictured above: coaches, members, and friends of The Green Door Life on January 16 during our Awaken Your Vision of Health workshop at Maison Maison Collective.


Ready to make that leap in your training but don’t know where to start? Join us on Sunday, April 5 for our first ever strength training workshop for women in San Francisco! We’re looking for 12 badass females who want to confidently walk into any gym and know exactly what to do in the weight room.We know how intimidating it can be to venture beyond the cardio machines for the first time. You may feel unsure about how to set up all the equipment or why there are loud grunting sounds emanating from the squat rack. You may question how many reps to do or how much weight to use. And people who look like they know what they’re doing may offer you unsolicited advice on your form.If this has been your experience and you’re ready to feel like superwoman, we’ve got you!

Shannon Morse (NASM/NPTI/BASI Certified Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor, Diet Doc Nutrition Clinician & Founder of The Green Door Life) and Alex Golodriga (WBFF Pro, Fitness Competition Coach, & Founder of HERBodySolutions) will passionately lead you through everything you need to know to feel comfortable lifting weights! By the end of this 3-hour workshop, you’ll know how to:


  • Activate muscle tissues to get the most out of your training sessionsSafely lift barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, and morePerform the basic lifts: squat, deadlift, bench press, etc. with proper formSelect the ideal rep ranges, sets, and weight for YOUR body type and goalsMove through an entire strength workout as a groupEat before and after to maximize lean muscle tissue growth

We’re offering two types of tickets:

  • Workshop Only

  • Workshop + Lifetime Access to our Online Strength Training Course + 8 Weeks of Workouts delivered in The Green Door Life’s Training App


Whatever you decide, it’s time to take your workouts to the next level and claim your spot in the weight room! Contact us at manifest@thegreendoorlife.com if you have any questions or click the link below to sign up now. We hope to see you there!


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