Confusion with Growing the Muscles
Happy Monday! I hope you’re all rested and rejuvenated from the weekend
Did you catch my unicorn post? I posted on a Saturday – which I thought had become a mythical legend before this weekend. Check it out for some beat around the bush fitspiration – and a chance to win some Fitmixer !
Aside from some fitspiration, there was a lot of FUN this weekend – date night with the hubby, spin class with a bestie, some shopping, and an amazing wedding.
Hey, when a burger and fries craving hits…
spin and Starbucks – standard.
My BFF from college, Kori, got married on Saturday, and they had the MOST unique wedding I’ve ever been to – from the writing of their own vows, to a hilarious and sweet dance back down the aisle after the vows, to Disney World references galore (they met when they both worked at DW – she was Tigger!) Honestly, the sweetest wedding I’ve ever witnessed, and I felt so blessed to be there for my friend. My lack of mascara after the first 5 minutes proved that, haha. It was so much fun, too! Shane and I had a blast dancing the night away.
Then Sunday was pretty much worthless, aside from training a client. I did a little cleaning, but mostly parked my rear on the couch and watched the boob tube. It was fabulous Speaking of TV – is anyone watching Nashville? I caught up on it from On Demand yesterday, and even after three episodes, I still can’t decide what I think about it. It’s a little slow moving, but I really want to like it!
And now this morning, it’s back to the grind! I have a string of early clients on Monday, so I typically do my breakfast in two parts. First part:
Banana and PB. Then I’ll probably sneak a run in there somewhere, and then have a bigger breakfast afterward.
But before I go, let’s talk about those things that are imperative for metabolism, functioning and being strong, and looking sexy – muscles!
It seems to me there’s been a lot of confusion and misconception out on the interwebz lately (that I’ve noticed) and just wanted to try and clear up a couple issues.
As I mentioned last week, one of my goals is to put on a bit of muscle – particularly in the lower body region. To do this, these are a few of the things I’m focusing:
-lifting heavy enough weights to drop my reps down to 6-8
-increasing my sets between 3-5
-eating more healthy, nutrient-dense foods
There are lots of ways to give your muscles a workout – whether its through muscular endurance or muscular strength, but let’s just get one thing straight: when you are lifting weights, you are building/growing your muscles.
(even if you struggle with a muscle imbalance in your right and left front delts!) Like my DIY workout shirt? It was super easy to make and now it’s super comfy and functional!
To do this, you need to consume a little more calories than you burn. Doing push ups all day won’t do too much if you’re still eating like you want to lose weight or maintain weight. Even if you’re “changing up” your eating style to include cleaner eats and more protein, 99% of the time, you need to eat at least a little more than you burn.
Also, when you’re lifting weights, you’re growing muscles.
Grow muscles: synonymous with:
gain lean muscle mass
All of it means building muscle. Doing triceps extensions unfortunately doesn’t “tighten up” that area – it grows the muscle in the triceps. Also, even though you’re building more muscle when lifting weights, it takes a LONG time to put on said muscle – even putting on a pound of muscle can take months.
What’s your favorite way to build those muscles: body weight exercises, dumbbells, barbells, cables, kettlebells, or something else?
I love my body weight exercises – give me pull ups, push ups, squats, and jump squats!