Fear of Muscles

9 Aug

Do not fear muscles.  Muscles are good!

I want to put a few fit PSA’s out there for the general viewing audience.

Please note, I am not in any way a professional or someone truly qualified to give fitness advice.  The information I share is based on my personal experience and my research.  

Fit PSA’s:

  1. Muscles does NOT weigh more than fat.  Think about that common incorrect saying.  How would a pound of muscle weigh more than a pound of fat?  A pound is a pound is a pound.  One benefit to muscle over fat is that muscle is more dense, which means that a pound of muscle takes up a lot less space on your body than a pound of fat.
  2. Weight/Strength training will NOT necessarily cause you to bulk up.  If you are not training to be a body builder, you are not going to bulk up to look like one.  They put in an insane amount of work and effort to look they way they do.  They eat very specific diets and workout like mad to achieve that level of muscle mass.  Swinging your 10 or 15lb kettlebell 3 or 4 times a week is not going to make you ready to compete for the cover of Muscle & Fitness.  Women, especially, do not have the testosterone levels needed to “bulk up”.  Incorporating weights into your exercise arsenal will, however, begin to increase your muscle mass, which will help you speed up your metabolism.  Also, why would you not want to look strong and healthy when the fat melts off?
  3. Weight/Strength training will NOT necessarily cause you to gain weight.  It can, but not in a bad way.  When I added kettlebell to my weekly exercise regime, I did see a slow down in my weight loss.  That was primarily due to the fact that I was slowing/stopping the loss of muscle mass that I was losing with my fat.  It is common that low calorie diets mixed with cardio only will cause you to lose weight rapidly.  However, the weight you are losing is a combination of fat and muscle.  When you lose too much muscle, your metabolism slows down and you get that oh so fun plateau in weight loss.  Stick with the strength training regardless of what the scales say.  I promise if you are eating healthy and working out regularly the scale will catch up to your efforts.  Notice during the time when the scale stops moving or even goes up a little, how your body feels.  I imagine you will start to feel leaner and stronger.  Let your body be the guide and the scale will follow.

Combining cardio, weights, and nutrition are the key to getting the weight off and I swear by it.  I am not very far into my journey, but I have never had progress and results like this.  Even better, is the fact that I have never felt so good.  I feel really good about the way my body is starting to look, and I just feel stronger and healthier.  I love it.  Food addiction is becoming a fitness addiction.  I want to keep this going and going and going.  That means I have to eat healthy and make my body strong!

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Stay Strong and Keep Moving,

9 Responses to “Fear of Muscles”

  1. Constance August 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm #

    YES YES AND YES!!! Absolutely. I have been having a lot of problems convincing my coworkers of this lately,they look at me weirdly and just wont understand that lifting heavy wont make them bulk up! Weight training is the way to go.

    I used to hate going to the gym, as a 265lbs woman I would go and just do cardio, and HATE it, I called the weight section of my gym the: mens section, which now seems just absolutely ridiculous to me! Since losing the weight and now finding an absolute LOVE of the gym and weight lifting I have to say, it makes all the difference in the world and is really the way to go! 🙂

    • chirpybleu August 9, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      Thanks Constance! I have to admit I believed all of this nonsense until very recently. It is hard to wrap your mind around the fact it is not making you bigger if you see your weight go up in the beginning. I enjoyed it so much though, that I wanted to give a fair chance this time around. I am so glad I did. If I ever leave my husband it will be for a set of kettlebells 😉

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Keep it up chick!

      • Constance August 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

        Thanks and you too! Make good choices and keep getting FIT! Proud of your accomplishments so far.

  2. Running Wild(er) August 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    LOVE this post and you are so right!!! I have lost 14.5 lbs but look like I have lost so much more because of the muscle tone I gained!

  3. sjvella August 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    good info indeed 🙂 I wish I had more time to train, my schedule is crazy

  4. Jane August 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

    Please do not be afraid of weight training. For the past 16 months I weight trained & did cardio. I have a trainer & trust him completely! I’m not bulky in any way. The weights made the weight fall off. 127lbs lost, You can’t argue with success!

  5. savynaturalista August 10, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    Wow I did squats yesterday and I can barely move… 🙂

    • chirpybleu August 10, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Squats are killer! I love them though because my legs, butt and core really feel it!

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