“Won’t weights make me bulky?”
Getting big and muscular is very hard to do. Just ask any average male. It takes years of hard work, the right training program, and a lot of food . . . it just doesn’t happen by accident. Weight training will add a few pounds of needed lean body mass which will in turn make you leaner and give you a better looking physique. Women simply don’t have the levels of testosterone needed to support the type of muscle growth you fear. Unless you are taking anabolic steroids, gaining too much muscle is probably the least of your worries. And if you are taking steroids, gaining muscle is still probably the least of your issues……think liver damage and other deficiencies in organ function.
“Marathon runners are skinny, shouldn’t I run to become thinner?”
That makes as much sense as playing basketball to get taller. This logical fallacy is commonplace in fitness as many people are quick to make hasty generalizations. In any sport, genetics certainly play an important role. The best runners are thin because skinny people make for better runners. Just as the best basketball players are tall, the best runners are thin. In fact, many people who take up running end up “skinny fat”, a physique denoted by a lack of lean muscle mass and often accompanied by a noticeable amount of fat or “doughy” appearance. These people are known to complain about being unable to lose the last the few pounds of fat around their midsection while sipping on a fruit smoothie or over a lunch of whole grain pasta.
What can I do about this?
“So how do I go about increasing my lean body mass and improving my body composition?”
Definitely focus on the strength component in our group workouts. If you want to get more experienced with lifting, consider signing up for the Olympic Lifting classes with Chris Fischer and/or the Powerlifting classes with Jeff Robison. You’ll focus on the core lifts, increasing strength, lean body mass, and overall performance. Many of the clients in these classes have leaned out while getting stronger at the same time. Also, look into signing up for a nutritional consult or even the upcoming nutrition “clinics” that are absolutely FREE! You’ll get some useful instruction on how to dial in your nutrition so that you can improve your body composition and performance with a sustainable approach.
Olympic Lifting Sign up HERE
Power Lifting Sign up HERE
Dates for the FREE Nutrition Clinics are:
April 25th 2013, May 9th, 2013, May 23, 2013, June 6th, 2013, June 20, 2013. 6:30 pm at No Excuses CrossFit. More will be posted later.