Heavy lifting does make you bigger... Look at all the dedicated Crossfit gals. I gain mass in my legs instantly when I start lifting. If you don't want to gain mass just tone down the lifting, add sprints and walk or jog lots.. Problem solved
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That was the first thing that struck me. If you want to be strong, not big, you might want to follow a strength routine, instead of a mass increasing routine.
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Strength and size are not mutually exclusive, so you'll get a bit of both no matter what you do.
If your main goal is strength, use a weight you can do 1-5 reps. For size, you want a weight you can take for many reps, and do many sets of that.
For a beginner wanting strength, I would do Starting Strength, but eat close to maintenance, instead of in a major surplus. You'll plateau sooner if you're not eating in a surplus, but you won't become massive so I'd consider that good for you.
I totally didn't realize that what I was doing was a bodybuilding type routine. I always thought that higher reps meant less size. I think I got that from P90x when they say for women to lean out to do 12-15 reps. Is this just flat out wrong? I should be doing very few reps??