Will I gain excess bulk like men if I do strengthening exercises?

No.  It is highly unlikely that performing strengthening exercises alone will cause you to gain excessive muscle mass.  A hormone called testosterone is influential in the development of muscle mass in both men and women.  However, while testosterone can be found in both sexes, women produce this hormone in much smaller quantities.  This means that women’s bodies do not naturally produce enough testosterone on their own to build excessive bulk. 

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