Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Your thoughts’ Category

The Diet And Training Combination: Figuring Out How You’re Messing It Up -JC Deen.

Yoga for Athletes: Why Activation and Inhibition Matter More than Stretching -Dana Santas.

Round Backed Deadlifts Another Look -Lyle MacDonald.

How To Gain Weight — Practical Applications for Eating to Build Muscle, and Why You Might Not Want to Gain Weight Fast -JC Deen.

Why Should I Use “Good” Form if I’m Stronger With “Bad” Form? -Bret Contreras.

The Top 5 Deadlift Mistakes to Avoid -Amir Fazeli.

9 Non-Fitness Books Every Fitness Professional Should Read -Dean Somerset.

Body Positivity in Space

How to Strength Train for Jiu-jitsu -Charles Poliquin.

Strength Strategies: Installment 1 -Greg Robbins.

Acupuncture, Organic Food, and Other Questions -Steven Novella.

5 Mobility Rules of Thumb, Part 1 -Quenn Henoch.

5 Things to Know About Your First Weightlifting Competition -Ariel Stephens.

(Please don’t skip me!) Warm-up -Neghar Fonooni.

How to Science Your Fitness -Dean Somerset.

The Taxonomical Disorder of Recovery – Antonio Robustelli.

4 Worst Foods for Plantar Fasciitis -Rick Kaselj.

The 3,500 Cal Per Pound Weight-Loss Fallacy And Why Even Experts Get This Wrong -Arya Sharma.

Perfectionism Sucks (Plus 9 other Things I Learned in 2014) -Neghar Fonooni.

7 Worst Shoes for Your Feet -Rick Kaselj.

2014: Chiropractors, naturopaths and acupuncturists lose in state legislatures -Jann Belamy.

The Best of 2014: Product Reviews -Eric Cressey.

BEST Products of 2014 -Rick Kaselj.

An Open Apology to the Internet – Lyle MacDonald.

The Health Benefits of Moderate Drinking -Harriet Hall.

BEST Articles of 2014 -Rick Kaselj.

The Truth About Belly Fat -Rick Kaselj.

Ethics in the Fitness Industry -Nick Mitchell.

Massage & Muscle Stiffness -Patrick Ward.

No, the HPV vaccine does not cause promiscuity -Scott Gavera.

5 Lessons on Coaching -John O’Neil.

Nine Things that Improve Insulin Sensitivity: Accelerate Fat Loss & Build Muscle Faster! – Poliquin Group.

Detox: What “They” Don’t Want You To Know – Scott Gavera.

Working in Tall-Kneeling -Dan John.

Fitness Marketing Bullsh*t -Nick Mitchell.

Top 10 Foods that Help Balance Cortisol for Optimal Body Composition – Poliquin Group.

Diesel Quick Tip – Awesome Hip External Rotator Stretch

The Multi-Angle Giant Set for a Big Back -Charles Poliquin.

Stop Striving for “perfection”. Find your strong.– Alice Round.

Why IIFYM doesn’t mean go YOLO on food choices….don’t be a basic bitch -Alice Round.

Why FATS dont make you FAT -Alice Round.

Bret’s Third Powerlifting Meet: What a Crazy Day! -Bret Contreras.

Don’t Be a Slave to the Scale -Bret Contreras.

 

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

The Overlooked Key to Muscle Growth -Lee Boyce.

Why I Lift, and Why You Should Too -Bret Contreras.

Double Stimulation Training -Christian Thibaudeau

Kettlebell Leg Training -Mike Robertson.

December Research Round-Up: Foam Rolling Edition -Bret Contreras.

My New Study on Fasted Cardio and Fat Loss: Take Home Points -Brad Schoenfeld.

Bionic Ethics -Mike LaBossiere.

Eating What Bugs Us -Mike LaBossiere.

Simplifying Your Squat and Deadlift -Mike Robertson.

Slow and Steady Wins The Race

Eric Helms’ Epic Article on Natural Bodybuilding Potential -Alan Aragon.

BioLayne Video Log – How to Track Macros When Eating Out -Layne Norton.

The Myth Of Core Stability.

20 Ways to Train Smarter -Bret Contreras.

New Insight into Rest Intervals for Muscle Growth -Brad Schoenfeld.

When is Weight a Symptom?

Correctives-Dan John.

Realistic Reps and The Rule of Ten -Dan John.

Five Movements That Will Make An Impact Overnight -Dan John.

The Problem With A Lively Debate

Yes, Fat People Are Actually Human

What To Do When You’re Not Motivated -JC Deen.

The Iron Age: Resistance Training and the Metabolic Syndrome -Dr Jonathon Sullivan.

Stuff to Check Out: New Years Edition -Dead Somerset.

Bullet Proof Abs of Steel -Dean Somerset.

A New Approach To Fat Loss Nutrition -Adam Bornstein.

Eating At Night Does Not Make You Fat -Adam Bornstein.

No Carbs Diet: The Flaw in Fat Loss -Adam Bornstein.

Overtraining or Undertraining? Plan From a New Perspective -Michael Nackoul.

Calling All Rookies -Natalie Tenorio.

Light-Load Training: Can It Build Muscle? -Brad Schoenfeld.

Top Fitness Articles of the Week — January 11, 2015 -Jesus and Kristen.

5 Tips On How You Can Be the Change To A Better Gym Culture -Matt Klingler.

Top Fitness Articles of the Week — January 4, 2015 -Jesus and Kristen.

5 New Strategies for Fat Loss -Clay Hyght.

Steroids: What Pro Bodybuilders Are Really Using – Shadow Pro.

The Best Damn Posterior Chain Exercises -Bret Contreras.

How Many Carbs Do You Need? -Nate Miyaki.

An Often Over-looked Form of Soft Tissue Treatment -Jarrett.

Crawling Your Way to Chiseled Abs -Charlie Badaway.

A New Super Smoothie -Mike Snowden.

7 Reasons To Swing Big Bells -Kelsey.

Circuit Training -Kelsey.

Real Talk about Aerobic Training for Athletes -Mike Robertson.

Some Thoughts on Increasing Punching Power – Charles Poliquin.

My Take on Medicine Balls -Charles Poliquin.

 Most Bang For Your Bucks 2015 Resolutions -Charles Poliquin.

Ten Things I Was Grateful for in 2014 -Charles Poliquin.

Top 15 Incredible Reasons to Strength Train… Besides a Bangin’ Body -The Poliquin Group.

25 Simple Ways to Improve Insulin Sensitivity & PREVENT Diabetes -The Poliquin Group.

 

Read Full Post »

photo(2)

Steve and I have been training together for a few years now with varying results – he is an office worker, putting in a lot of hours most weeks, and like most people personal training and in fact training is just another worry he has on top of other concerns. Lately however McCabe and I have been working together, and working hard to get his diet, and his training into a more regular regime and the results are coming. The program that we have been following has been a mixture of weight training, and body weight interval work, for example, phase 3 went as follows:

McCabe Phase 3
Day 1- Bodyweight Timed Sets *
Warm up 5-10mins   Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4  Week 5
40 seconds on 20
20 seconds off
Cooldown 5-10mins
PT Day 2- Strength/Cardio Set Rep Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4  Week 5
1A: Hex Bar Deadlift 3 10*
1B: BB Bench Press 8*
1C: KB Swing 20
2A: DB Split Squat 10*
2B: Seated Row 8*
2C: Burpee 20
3A: Alt KB Swing 12ea
3B: TRX Rows AMRAP
3C: Jump Squats 20
PT Day 3- Bodyweight Timed Sets
Warm up 5-10mins Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4  Week 5
40 seconds on 20
20 seconds off
Tabata to finish
Day 4- Bodyweight Timed Sets
Warm up 5-10mins Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4  Week 5
40 seconds on 20
20 seconds off
Cooldown 5-10mins
Day 5- Strength/Cardio Set Rep Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4  Week 5
1A: Hex Bar Deadlift 3 10*
1B: BB Bench Press 8*
1C: KB Swing 20
2A: DB Split Squat 10*
2B: Seated Row 8*
2C: Burpee 20
3A: Alt KB Swing 12ea
3B: TRX Rows AMRAP
3C: Jump Squats 20

The bodyweight interval sessions consisted of five exercises, that is: the burpee, alternating jump lunge, pushup, jump squat and mountain climber repeated for a total of four times coming to 20 rounds of intervals done in 20 minutes.

Strength wise we have been trying to increase all of his lifts, and we have manged to do that with 10+kg increases in his bench press, row, deadlift and kettlbell movements. His calisthenic or as coach Dos might say, “cardio strength has improved significantly, with us starting at 30/30 bodyweight intewrvals last program and progressing to 40/20 in this and him being able to storm through our sessions – in the next program we might have to try 50/10!

Now, to McCabe’s results: 02/10/12

Weight: 82kg

Height: 176cm

Bf Percentage: (Skinfolds) 26%

Girths

Arms: L: 32cm R: 32cm

Thighs: L: 57cm R: 59cm

Chest: 100cm

Waist: 91cm

Hips: 101cm

As of the 05/01/2013 his measurements were as follows:

Weight: 77kg (down 5kg)

Height: 176cm

Bf Percentage (Skinfolds): 21% (down 5%)

Girths

Arms: L: 34cm (up 2cm) R: 34cm (up 2cm)

Thighs: L: 57cm (down 1cm) R: 59.5cm (up 0.5cm)

Chest: 100cm (same)

Waist: 89cm (down 2cm)

Hips: 102cm (up 1cm)

As you can see in two months he lost 5% bodyfat, and 5kgs while maintaining and in some cases increasing his girths, meaning we put on some muscle mass and lost fat at the same time. This wasn’t accomplished with long cardio sessions, only with smart training, and smart food intake.

Read Full Post »

The Principle of the Slight Edge – Alwyn Cosgrove.

Psychology Trumps Physiology Every Time – Michael Boyle.

4 Ways to Write Training Programs Faster – Mike Robertson.

What Are YOUR 5 Things? – Mike Robertson.

6 Tips for Better Recovery – Mike Roberston.

Feeling the Muscle Vs. Moving the Weight – Clay Hyght.

120 Tips on Strength Training for Women– Bret Contreras.

The Ten Rules of Progressive Overload– Bret Contreras.

Fission Fusion Training – Amir Siddiqui.

The Role of Metabolic Stress in Muscle Growth – Brad Schoenfeld.

My 6 Most Important Training Discoveries – Charles Staley.

Sports Science Roundtable – Volume 1 – Training Specificity – Sam Leahey.

Clock In And Do Work – Alwyn Cosgrove.

An objective look at L-carnitine supplementation for fat-loss and enhanced performance

BioLayne Video Log 12 – ‘Clean’ Eating vs IIFYM (If it fits your macros) – Layne Norton.

103 Ways to Make 2013 Your Best Year Yet – Alwyn Cosgrove.

What’s good about the Biggest Loser? – Alwyn Cosgvrove.

Different types of interval training – Alwyn Cosgrove.

Living the AC life – Alwyn Cosgrove.

My Handout for the Perform Better Workshop in Los Angeles this weekend – Dan John.

Nutrient Timing Revisited: The Anabolic Window of Opportunity – Brad Shoenfeld.

The Basic Axiom: The Fission Fusion Training Model – Amir Siddqui.

Stoking the metabolic fire: does higher meal frequency increase metabolism and enhance fat loss?

Legislative Alchemy: Acupuncture and Homeopathy 2013 – Jann Belamy.

Blame and magical thinking: The consequences of the autism “biomed” movement – David Gorski.

Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski’s cancer “success” stories – David Gorski.

Who takes dietary supplements, and why? – Scott Gavura.

Death as a Foodborne Illness Curable by Veganism – Harriet Hall.

HIV Cure “Game Changer” -Steven Novella.

GM Crops Overregulated? -Steven Novella.

How To Talk to a Believer -Steven Novella.

Aesthetics To Strength -Amir Siddiqui.

My Philosophy of Intermittent Fasting – Brad Pilon.

Are you too busy to get better? Alwyn Cosgrove.

Nothing Beats Single-Leg Training -Ben Bruno.

35 Short and Awesome Personal Trainer Tips to Give to Your Client

Why You Should Train Clients Online and How to Get Started – Jonathon Goodman.

25 Tips to Increase Adherence Outside of the Gym -Jonathon Goodman.

Intensity Techniques to Make You Hurt -Tim Henriques.

Best Ways to Make Dieting Easier -Joy Victoria.

NSCA Personal Trainer Conference 2013 Recap: Part 1 –Brad Schoenfeld.

How to Train More Frequently – Chad Waterbury.

An Opportunity Missed by Fitness Professionals -Rick Kaselj.

Episode 3 of Muscle College Radio is Now LIVE! Dr. Wilson and I annihilate cardio myths! -Layne Norton.

Read Full Post »

It’s been a while since I’ve offered up some testimonials and these are the couple that I’ve received outside client results blogs (for such see here). I thank these clients for their kind words and all my clients for putting their trust in me to help them along their journey in health and fitness.

Iain Hardie

Sometimes you just run out of ideas…

It was from this basis that I first spoke to Rob. I had been plodding through my own programmes, hastily designed on the two flights of stairs up to the gym floor each morning for far too long. My goals were pretty simply, keep fit/get strong, but I simply wasn’t getting the gains I hoped for. I knew something was missing, but, to be honest, I didn’t know what.

I guess I have always pretty sceptical of PTs, you spend enough time in a gym (any gym) and you see the same old, young guys/girls with more beef than brain putting every client through the same dated routine while playing with their iphone / staring at Kesha on TV… To be frank, I didn’t want to waste my cash on that.

I’d spoken to Rob a few times, a question here and there – “how can I stretch this / what’s the best exercise for that” – he’d always been very happy to answer with thoughtful and interesting suggestions. He would follow up too, not to cajole you into buying a PT pack, but to see how you were going and if you needed anything else. So, when I decided for myself that I wanted some PT, the choice of trainer was pretty natural.

I only started training with Rob this September, but off the back of one month of intelligent programme design and his support and encouragement I had started to make some really positive gains. It was so satisfying! After years of relative stalemate, I started to see hard graft translated into tangible results. Much I may love to think otherwise, I don’t think I would have got there under my own steam. Rob imposes a structure and a discipline to each session that ensures you do progress; he pushes when he has to, but also has the intelligence and experience to back off when he sees you’re properly gassed.

While a lot of this may sound pretty standard, what sets Rob apart is his ability to adapt to, and understand, his client. As we got into our second month of training together I hurt my back. After helping me with some rehab stuff, Rob happily changed up my programme again to focus on exercises I could do without flaring up my injury. Even when I’m not training with him, he will make a point of coming to see how things are going.

Regardless of your goal, Rob is there to help. He is an intelligent trainer who understands each of his client’s and their individual needs and goals. Even if your are a PT sceptic, I recommend you give him a try, while he doesn’t do the hard work for you (gutted!!), each of sessions are challenging, varied and (corny as it may be) fun.

Chrissy Chow

I started group training with Rob in August 2012. Which I was enjoying but probably not pushing myself as far as I could have. When my training buddy left Perth Rob harassed me for 3 weeks until I finally decided to commit to 1 on 1 training.
When I started 1 on 1 training I had one goal to lose 3 kg so I could be at my dream weight of 50kg. I’m not quite there yet I seem to vary between 52 and 54kg. I know what the problem is, it isn’t my training it’s all about my food! ‘ just a little more protein and a little less carbs’ is what Rob is trying to teach me. That is what I like best about my training, I know I have the discipline to train hard and to commit to by 4 -5 days at the gym, but with Rob he has the knowledge to teach me what my bad eating habits are doing to me and how I can control them. I have more energy, I’m felling a lot better about myself ( even buying dresses that I would never dream I would wear in the past) I am getting some great food tips, and I’m learning that as I’m getting older there is no reason why I can’t be at my fittest. Rob blogs at least once a week about different subjects which gives me an oversight on what other improvements I could be making.
Rob comes highly recommended.

Kylie Horner

I’ve been training with Rob since November 2012. Initially starting at once per week I quickly saw the value in increasing my sessions to twice a week, purely for staying motivated and focussed on my goal (which had always been a struggle in the past). Rob has been patient and encouraging all the way. I’ve lost probably 2 ish kilos (and one dress size) and have developed better core strength and definition in my arms and legs. My clothes fit better and I’ve been getting compliments on the changes. My lifestyle has changed and I feel great, I actually look forward to going to the gym now, rather than seeing it as a chore. Can’t wait to see my abs again!

Marc Saupin

Rob Bezant is a Bohemian.

He has not actually taught me anything about losing weight or keeping fit or ways in which I could make it to say 70 or even tomorrow for that matter.
I already knew the benefits of diet and exercise.
In his disarming Bohemian fashion, Rob makes me keep me alive for my two young children.
It’s as simple as that.
Kathleen O’Neill
Rob has been my trainer for over a year now. During that time he has been an unfailing resource of information and encouragement through his blogs, website and texts. Sessions with Rob always push you to the limit but you always leave with a sense of achievement and progression towards your goal! Rob has a vast range of knowledge and information to share and always puts 100% effort into helping you achieve your goals. I would recommend Rob to anyone thinking of doing personal training sessions.

Stephanie Langfield

Having a personal trainer is not just for people who are all about striving for the “body beautiful” but is great for people who want to just keep healthy and fit.

Personal training motivates you to attend the gym on a regular basis and help you to assist in reach your goals.

I have a weekly training session with Rob Bezant.

Rob is a great trainer. He not only provides regular changes to your fitness program but provides insightful information about nutrition.

Whilst he appears to have no understanding why when you pass 60 you have no motivation to give up wine I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a trainer.

Read Full Post »

IMG_0178As Nathan states below we have only been training together for just over 2 months at two 30 min sessions/week. In that time Nathan has done everything I’ve told him to do with no fuss – he’s exactly the kind of client you want to get. He’s been putting in the effort in a big way, buying foam rollers, protein and increasing his meal intake without argument, without whining, and I couldn’t be prouder to be his trainer. Before we discuss his progress, let’s look at his program, we’ve just started his phase two program, but let’s discuss his phase one program. My guys who are looking to put on muscle mass get a version of Cogrove’s Alternating Set System as their first program, then we move onto circuits (for more look for an upcoming blog on beginner and intermediate muscle-building programs, for now see here and here) – both of these are full body programs running for about 4-6 weeks (depending on client adherence), then we’ll move to an upper body/lower body split, then perhaps to a more localized body part training program. Here is Nathan’s phase one program:

Nathan Phase 1 – Alternating Set
PT Day 1- Weights Set Rep Rest Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5
1A: Goblet Squat 3 10* 30
1B: BB Bench Press 8* 30
2A: Goblet Split Squat 10* 30
2B: Seated Row 8* 30
3A: DB Bench Press 8* 30
3B: T Bar Row 8* 30
3A: Countdown Dip/BB Curl
PT Day 2 -Weights Set Rep Rest Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5
1A: Hex Bar  Deadlift 3 10* 30
1B: DB Seated Shoulder Press 8* 30
2A: Goblet Walking Lunge 10* 30
2B: RG Pullup 8* 30
3A: BB Military Press 12ea 0
3B: Lat Pulldown 45s 0
Nathan Day 4- Weights Set Rep Rest Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5
1A: Goblet Squat 3 10* 30
1B: BB Bench Press 8* 30
2A: Goblet Split Squat 10* 30
2B: Seated Row 8* 30
3A: DB Bench Press 8* 30
3B: T Bar Row 8* 30
3A: Countdown Dip/BB Curl
Nathan Day 5 – Weights Set Rep Rest Week1 Week2 Week3 Week4 Week5
1A: Hex Bar  Deadlift 3 10* 30
1B: DB Seated Shoulder Press 8* 30
2A: Goblet Walking Lunge 10* 30
2B: RG Pullup 8* 30
3A: BB Military Press 12ea 0
3B: Lat Pulldown 45s 0

His strength increases have been amazing,  he had a hard time lifting anything over 10kg above his head during the first few weeks (weakness caused by some mobility problems), but in this two month period he doubled his barbell military press. He averaged 10-15kg increases in bench, single leg and bilateral leg strength, as well as addressing and improving mobility.

photo(4)Now let’s take a look at his results as of 08/01/2013:

Weight: 55kg

Height: 173cm

Bf Percentage: (Skinfolds) 9%

Girths

Arms: L: 25cm R: 25cm

Thighs: L: 50cm R: 49cm

Chest: 79cm

Waist: 76cm

Hips: 87cm

As of the 11/03/2013 his measurements were as follows:

Weight: 58kg (up 3kg)

Height: 173cm

Bf Percentage (Skinfolds): 9% (no change)

Girths

Arms: L: 26.5cm (up 1.5cm) R: 26cm (up 1cm)

Thighs: L: 54cm (up 4cm) R: 53cm (up 4cm)

Chest: 81cm (up 2cm)

Waist: 76cm (no change)

Hips: 91cm (up 4cm)

As you can see he has gained 3kgs of lean muscle tissue, with no gains in body fat! Significant areas of growth were in the legs, and glutes, with growth to a lesser extent in the arms and chest, all up he gained a total of 16cm, again with no bodyfat increase! I’m very impressed with Nathan’s work thus far, and am hoping we can keep these kind of gains going. This was done with only four 30 minute training sessions per week, with no supplement intake (other than some protein), and no crazy bulking diet –  he still goes to dinners with friends, still enjoys treats (including some booze), basically he enjoys his life! Admittedly he is a new comer to weight training, so the real test will be if we continue to get such good results, but I am confident given Nathan’s commitment. Here’s what he had to say:

I have been training with Rob for a little over two months, and I am extremely happy with the results thus far (predominantly to gain weight and tone up). Even though I have a gym in my own apartment, previously I lacked the motivation of actually going to it, spending the 30minutes training four times a week, on doing exercises that I thought would help me (that’s is tone up).

Whilst under Rob’s guidance I have increased my strength, gained weight, toned up and in general have a healthier outlook on life (healthier food plus limiting alcohol) and feeling 100% better for it! Rob makes training enjoyable, whilst ensuring that you push yourself harder each time, set goals and achieve them.

Not only does he provide the guidance and shows you the correct technique for each exercise, he also reiterates why we are doing a particular exercise, how it will help me, and what areas of the body it will work on.

I would definitely recommend him to other clientele who are looking at taking up PT.

Read Full Post »

Recently I’ve begun what I’ve called a ‘muscle building’ phase in my diet and training program, I use that term over the traditional ‘bulking’ one because ultimately that term denotes a large amount of fat gain, and associated unhealthiness that comes with that – my goal is to put on as much muscle as I can, while remaining active, and healthy. This is important to note at the outset.

In the fitness industry, we live by a different standard – in that, it is not common for most people to train 6+ times a week, to lift hundreds of kgs of weight off the floor, or be able to perform many repeated sprints, or indeed, run for long distances etc (not to mention our dietary and recovery practices). Many of us are drawn to the industry because we love sport, or health, or body modification, or rehab et al – we are not the standard, but sometimes we are a standard to strive to, and for.

Having said this, I ask: why build muscle mass?

Well, that depends on some clarifications. How much muscle mass are we talking, in what type of circumstances is the muscle being built, and for what purpose? What methods are being employed to reach said goal? These questions might change the the situation and whether or not the pursuit is reasonable, and attainable. For example, I would argue, and indeed have, that muscle building is essential to fat loss, health, vitality etc. So in that sense, everyone should be on a muscle-building program. The amount of muscle one puts on, in any given program is determined by many factors, not the least of which are caloric intake, resistance training, volume, intensity, duration, frequency etc.  I think it’s clear though, that we can differentiate from the kind of metabolic type resistance training one might do for fat loss (which can still build appreciable amounts of muscle and a wonderful physique, see here), and bodybuilding type training, in which one generally trains for the purpose of increasing lean mass.

Why do I want to build muscle mass? Why is that something I’ve chosen to do? Again, my response depends on what context I am being asked this question. On Facebook I’ve had a few responses to my posts on muscle-building that have prompted this blog, and have made me realize that to many people, particularly in a society concerned with being overweight, and obese, that specifically trying to put on weight, might seem counter-intuitive – or perhaps worse, speaking to a psychological issue (dysmorphia for one). Moreover there are issues such as what effect my training and dietary habits have on my clients, the gym members, and society as a whole.

I personally don’t have any grand motives for muscle-building, I wish I did, ultimately it comes down, for me, to simply wanting to be a big guy. Why do I want this? Well, I could say that I was always fascinated by comic book superheroes, their power, presence and physiques seemed unattainable to a 65kg 20 year old. Perhaps it was, originally because I was so skinny, that I saw a ‘grass is greener’ situation, or wanted to stop bullying – that is a common enough reason to lift weights – they certainly contributed to my beginning a weight training program. But, why do I want to put on muscle mass now? Is it pure ego? Or admiration and emulation of muscular physiques? Do I even need a reason, or have to justify my behaviors? Perhaps it does come down to my first point, I work in an industry where I am in a different population, in that, all the people I emulate, and work with, are in amazing shape, in terms of muscularity, cardiovascular health, physical prowess and flexibility. That being the case, wanting to alter my body becomes then another target, another goal to set myself in the gym – something to keep me interested, not because I find my body distasteful, or shameful and in need of modification. Since I don’t care about strength per se (although I do lift heavy, and would consider myself pretty strong), or endurance, or fighting prowess, I don’t focus any of those extremes (although I may use them in my programs for the associated health and physique benefits). I want to look like a superhero, not actually be one.

What about the effect a culture of muscle worship may have on those not in our specific population? Will a focus on muscle-building for me affect my clients, affect peoples perception of what a healthy physique is? Well, when talking in terms of me personally, it’s hard to see how anyone will be affected by my specific body modification strategies, but let’s assume they are. What can I do, what is my responsibility in this situation? As always: education. In my job I train people for fat loss, and muscle gain (primarily these are the two extremes, and my most common clients), having just come off a reasonably successful fat loss program (see here), and having written and researched a lot on that subject along the way, I want now to turn to another passion of mine, getting ‘blassive’ – which I will, and have, also supported with scientific literature on the benefits of (see here, and here). One could say, that my experiences and results in the gym, on myself, have helped to motivate my clients, and have helped to inform them of the benefits of weight training, and most importantly to shed some of the misconceptions they have had about getting ‘bulky’ (for women), or muscle gain being unattainable (or only so through steroid use). I see these as positives.

So, there you have it, some, by no means all of my reasons for wanting to gain mass, any thoughts?

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »

%d bloggers like this: