Since I haven’t quite mastered the art of mind reading, I was pumped to see the answers to the survey I conducted last week. Sure, as a personal trainer and group coach I have ideas about my readers’ true desires and roadblocks. But guessing is never a good idea when it comes to helping people reach their ideal body and health.
So what were the survey results and how do they affect you – a gal or guy who lifts (or aspires to)?
When you’re confident you can move without pulling a muscle, participate in your favorite activities, and generally trust your body to perform well, life is good. That’s most likely why many of you chose overall strength and conditioning you can feel proud of as one of your top desires for your training and body. I’ll talk much more about this in future posts.
Coming in at a very close second is (drum roll please)…
Muscle definition that makes people look twice.
Ah… my baby.
I love helping people build muscle. Muscle gives shape, balance, and proportion to your body. Muscle protects your body. Muscle burns calories. And muscle results from lifting weights, an act that is both beautiful and rebellious.
When you can build muscle and lose that last bit of body fat (another high priority among some readers), you’ve got muscle definition that makes people look twice.
Of course, building muscle is not an easy task for most women, especially after the beginner’s honeymoon is over. I personally didn’t build much appreciable muscle until I became a fitness trainer, as I discuss here.
Practicing What I Preach
In the last year, however, I’m floored by my bigger, more muscular booty. My shirts and sports bras fit tighter because my pectorals and delts are tight. For the first time in my life, I don’t feel like a small, slightly built woman who might break.
I’m generally the same size and weight, but I have more substance and I feel sturdier, and even more womanly. In fact,
So how do you get to that point – feeling lean and feminine yet “substantial,” with strong, sculpted muscles in all the places you want?
Getting to Mo’ Muscle Definition
When you look at someone and wonder how they achieved muscle definition that makes people look twice, you can assume consistency and commitment are major reasons. But it’s also accomplished by using the right methods and principles, like:
- Bowing down to “less is more”
- Recovering adequately
- Varying the intensities
- Eating clean 80% of the time
I could give you a formula for building muscle and strength. I could even give you a “workout every week.” But that’s not how I operate. (Plus a formula just isn’t the answer for women who are beyond the beginner stage of strength training.)
Training smart isn’t something you can learn by doing canned workouts. You need to understand why you’re doing what you’re doing and how to keep progressing. I have an in-person client who is building muscle with me but also wants me to educate her about how to train on her own someday. That is SMART.
I talk a lot about building muscle right here. But new opportunities for learning and rocking results are coming.
In future posts I’ll reveal more of what my survey respondents spoke out about. With your help I’m now able to go forward with blog posts and projects more confidently, with your needs and desires in mind. Thank you!
This article originally appeared on workoutnirvana.com.