I am a HUGE supporter of strong (physically as well as emotionally) women. I've been weight training on and off (obviously more off than on, other than recently) for over 20 years. I love seeing how much heavier I can lift. More than that, I love being strong. I can open doors with my arm only ... don't have to get my whole body into it. And yes, I do tend to be on the bulkier side naturally. So when I train, and train hard, I tend to look it.
So many women are afraid to train with weights ... I mean train, not use 5 or 10 pounds. Obviously you have to start light, but then you need to increase the weights you're using in order to build strength and muscle tone. I know, the standard the response I get from so many women ... "I don't want to get bulky". Well trust me, you don't have the testosterone levels needed to get bulky. If you have a body type like mine, you'll get bulkier than someone who has the structure of a model (you know, long, lean limbs).
My favourite example is a local firefighter. The woman is only about 5'4" maybe, ripped like you wouldn't believe, but not at all bulky. And strong! OMG ... she made me look like a wimp. And I'm not. But compared to her ... mind you her profession has something to do with it too.
Ultimately you have a lot of control over how big you get ... which the vast majority of women won't if they're just following a healthy nutrition plan, and weight training for health.
But think of the benefits of being strong. You're more self sufficient. You can open a door by yourself. My height probably helps a little (5'7") but only a little. So I encourage you to pick up a set dumbells (I highly recommend PowerBlocks (pictured above) if you can get ahold of them).
Here's to girl power!
Happy Friday ... enjoy.