Will CrossFit make me bulky?

Will CrossFit make me bulky? I was at an event this past weekend and I had several females ask me about CrossFit.  Their #1 fear of starting CrossFit was “bulking up”.  Every time I have this conversation about CrossFit this statement is always next, “I do not want to lift weights because I will get too bulky”.  In the same breath they say but I want to “tone up”.  This always makes me giggle a little, because how are you going to look toned if you do not weight train?  Every time I am asked this question it reminds me of this great article: The Fear Of “Bulkiness” and CrossFit

This article lays it all out there and in my opinion describes the women of CrossFit perfectly.  CrossFit has changed my life and the way I think about beauty.  I now look at a magazine and feel sorry for the models.  I have no desire to look like this:

Will CrossFit make me bulky?

Now my idea of beauty is of women who train their bodies to better themselves in their everyday life.  I now think strong and healthy is beautiful:


Everyday I strive to train and fuel my body in order to live a better and healthier life.  It is so refreshing to be able to run and play with my 4 year old daughter and never run out of breath.  This is how we train at CrossFit Gardendale, to help us in our everyday life.  Oh and yeah it’s pretty nice to get toned and think STRONG IS BEAUTIFUL! ~ Carrie