How often should I work out?

As much as you need to. There is no specific rule when it comes to training frequency. Rest is very important to strength and muscle gains so keep this in mind.  If you are doing full body workouts then space out your workouts to two to three workouts a week with rest in-between. Working out more than 4 days a week you will need to target certain parts of your body or otherwise known as a split routine.

Can I lose fat and build muscle at the same time?

If you are new to strength training or you are overweight, absolutely.  For the first few months you will be able to do both.  For those who have been training for a while or only have a few pounds to shed it can really difficult.  Typically you need do one or the other through either by decreasing or increasing calorie intake.

How long should my workout be?

Typically working out 45 minutes to an hour and a half will be sufficient.  Depending if you are doing a full body workout or a split routine.  Working out longer depending on the body parts you are working out can lead to over training.

I’m a woman, will strength training make me look bulky?

The short answer, no.  When it comes to fitness and strength training just about everything applies equally to men and women.  As far as muscle women lack the testosterone levels that men have which is why men can get a bulky look to their muscles.  Women who strength train build lean muscle but get more of a toned look.  Just look at some female athletes that are all natural, they have a toned look to their body.

Can I just lose fat around my midsection?  I want six pack abs.

You cannot spot reduce fat on your body, it’s not possible.  Anyone saying different is full of it.  You could do ab workouts everyday for three months and your belly would look the same as it did on day one.  The only way to get six pack abs is by reducing calorie intake and working out.  You must reduce your overall body fat across your whole body and get the body fat % low enough to see your abs.  Usually this is around 10 to 12% for men and 12 to 15% for women.

How long will it take for me to look like a bodybuilder?

It can take several years of training for some people to reach their body’s peak naturally.  If you are new to lifting and wanting to compete in a bodybuilding challenge you are looking at least a 2 to 3 journey.  Building muscle is a slow process but there is no reason that you can’t have significant strength and muscle gains within three months of training.  For those who are just overweight it’s entirely within your power to look good naked in 6 months to a year of training and proper nutrition.

Will working out alone make me ripped?

No.  There are a couple other factors that play an important role in building muscle and burning fat.  Proper nutrition is the biggest thing anyone can do to lose weight and support lean muscle growth.  Rest is also very important, getting 7.5 to 9 hours of sleep every night plus taking time off between workouts is very important to your body’s recovery.