Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Changing your body
I was interested at first to hear what the author of "the New Rules of Lifting for Men" had to say on my radio about women being concerned about getting too bulky from lifting weights. He did get it right by saying that weight training wouldn't necessarily make a woman bulky but he screwed it up when he said it had to do with how you trained with weights. It depends on volume and mass lifted. This is, at best, half right. This at-best-half-right advice gets repeated many, many times.
If you ever hear this from anyone talking about strength training, be it weight lifting or BW, you have before you someone who really doesn't know what they're talking about. You don't get big from the exercise that you do. You get big (or don't get big) FROM WHAT YOU EAT. The idea that you can make more muscle from the same amount of food just because you lift more weight is absurd. It's like giving you the same amount of steel and concrete that it took to make the Empire State Building and trying to make the Sears Tower. You can't make more muscle if you're not taking in more food. Matter cannot be created or destroyed. If you want more muscle, you need to eat more. If you want to lose fat, then you have to eat less. The exercise is the directive order.
If you ever hear an expert talk about body mass manipulation, be it muscle gain or fat loss, without mentioning what you eat then you know you have a hack. The truth is that your diet and exercise are inseperately linked. The sooner that you accept this basic commandment, the be quicker that you'll get results.