"Will I get too big if I strength train?"
This is the number one objection that women have with respect to strength training or lifting weights. The answer is NO...
The rate at which you lose fat is far greater than the rate at which you can gain muscle.
Fact #1 You can gain only about .5 to 1.5 pounds of muscle per month. Probably closer to .5 pounds of muscle.
Fact #2 You can lose about 4 to 8 pounds of fat, not water weight, per month.
If you do the math, you should still be losing body weight. Take the maximums, a person loses 8 pounds of fat in a month, but gains 2 pounds of muscle in a month; that person would have lost 6 pounds of bodyweight.
If you're not losing body weight, then you're probably not eating right, or not doing enough cardio.
So, in time, your body should be shrinking, not getting "bigger". If you are eating properly and training smart, you should still be losing inches off your waist and hips.
"Women should do Pilates, Yoga, and Cardio to lose fat"
It seems that the weight-lifting room is 70% male and 30% female. Why is this? Shouldn't it be split evenly? Well, there are a few reasons why this occurs:
Some women don't lift weights because they get tired of men hitting on them at the gym.
Some women report feeling intimidated by the men or feel intimidated by women who are in great shape.
Some are unfamiliar with the equipment.
Ok, this I can understand. All three are legitimate concerns.
It can be annoying for a woman to consistently get hit on by men... Unfortunately, this is something you just have to put up with if you are a woman. Guys try to leave the women alone *laughing to myself*...
Next point, woman, you can wear a hat and headsets. That's kind of like a "Get Lost" sign for men. I would never talk to a woman that had a hat and headsets on...
As far as being intimidated and unfamiliar with the gym itself, you might want to get one of the trainers at the gym t