Thursday, February 23, 2012

Muscle: No Fear

I love this:
Even though it's only 2 and a half months into the year, I need a REMINDER: I have goals, I am on my way, I am MAKING IT in 2012!!! 

Really listen to others....the BIG ones... 

Muscle: No Fear
I am SURE you know, or have read that for every pound of muscle you gain, your body burns an extra 50 calories! 
YES, muscle burns more calories, even when you are at REST (cardio doesn't do that!) than no or little muscle. Just ONE extra pound of muscle, which is tighter and smaller than it's fatty counterparts, takes up less space than fat and is sexy will burn calories for you--it will WORK FOR YOU!!!! 

Don't be afraid to lift, it will help you reach your goals faster!! Get lifting, get burning, get going!!

2 weeks ago, a BACK shot for my competition coach. Not a skinny girl, not a pretty girl, just a bit of a fit girl working to gain muscle and meet goals! 

What gaining muscle is NOT: 

Not your average lifting workouts at the gym. Granted, what I am working toward is a figure competition where I am aiming on gaining muscle, it's a darn tootin' LOT of work, and takes extra effort in the gym and in the kitchen. So, don't worry you won't get big, bulky and muscle bound. You can gain a pound of muscle and enjoy the results without looking like a bodybuilder. 

This is also not the result of 15 reps with 10 pound weights or lighter. Lifting to "tone" is a relative myth. Muscle fiber is muscle fiber is muscle. Muscle doesn't turn to fat when not growing. Muscle defined is a bigger muscle than smaller. Lifting heavy with fewer reps (depending on the time in cycle, I am always between 6-10, sometimes more for extreme fatigue. 

Gaining muscle is NOT the result of endless cardio, long, long runs and endless classes burning calories and ending when the music is off. It's a fat loss regime, gain muscle lose fat. Eat clean, lift heavy. CHANGE your body shape, don't just shed a few pounds. There is nothing wrong with cardio, even long cardio, but it will lean you out, not cut you up and it has the potential to eat away at the muscle you are working so hard to build. 

How do you feel about gaining muscle, do you like it on your figure, do you find it hard or easy to gain it? 

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