Thursday, January 10, 2013

Why a barre class alone won’t get you the tush you are looking for!

Today is the last to enter the Tiny Prints Giveaway, so get your butt over there if you haven't! I am going to close and choose by 5:00pm.

Natalie and I did our first  barre class yesterday! Holy sore ass legs batman it was killer!
After looking at all the slim and trim ladies it had me questioning my weight training, and if maybe I should just do barre. My answer came to me all too quickly, and my instincts were right. Nope! Weight lifting will not make us bulky ladies! here is the proof. (Now eating like crap for a year and sitting on your butt will).

You've Heard: Resistance Training Makes Women Bulky

This myth just won't die and, unfortunately, it's horribly misguided. 

And to prove it, just go to any big-box gym in America and see how many 140-lb. guys with pencil-thin arms and a beer gut are in the gym multiple days a week, trying to get "big" or "huge."

Clearly something isn't working. It takes a lot of work both in and out of the gym to get big or bulky. You not only need to be dedicated to your training, but you need proper nutrition if you're serious about putting on size.

"There is a big misconception about what causes bulk. Bulk isn't muscle; it is muscle covered by fat," said Mike Roussell, author and nutritional consultant. "So if you feel that you are too bulky, then it is important to fine-tune your diet to lose the excess fat -- not give up weight training."

Women have a distinct disadvantage if the goal is to put on size. They have about one-tenth the testosterone of males, and testosterone is a key component in the muscle-building process. So even if you're working out just as hard as a man, lifting the same amount of weight and gorging on calories, you still won't see the same results with regard to muscle building.

Women can, though, build muscles. Instead of big and bulky, they will be the type of long and lean muscles many women desire.

Also, here is the article I stole for the tiltle of this post.
Why a barre class Alone wont get you the tush you are looking for

For example here I was at one of my leanest times the summer before last. At this time I weight trained 3x a week, ate fairly clean, and did little cardio. I do not think I looked bulky?

 Anyways didn't mean to turn this into a fitness post, or a weight lifting v/s barre debate. I was just curious myself, and this is what I found.

So in the end I will stick to weight training twice a week, and the barre once a week. Cant wait to update you guys on the progress!!