Happy Sunday! I am going to run through a leg workout I did on Friday… I can barely walk today so that proves it was successful 😉 I switched out of my regular routine, went a little heavier and I really noticed the difference. If you do a “usual” leg workout (or any workout for that matter) make sure to switch up all the time. The difference in gains is crazy!
During the hour I spent at the gym today, 3 people commented on how “jacked,” etc. I was looking.
While my swole was definitely prominent thanks to various factors of water retention, I guess my “jacked-ness” was extra noticeable. The first person to say anything was a man who always says hi to me. I could take his remark as a compliment. The second was another man who said I have been getting more muscular and his remark to ask if I was doing any more shows in the near future. I’m undecided. Maybe he was just trying to have a conversation? I don’t know, I didn’t think about it too seriously.
The third was the kicker. After I had finished my workout I was over by the trainers’ station using the computer and I started talking to another trainer and his potential client. The trainer said something to the woman along the lines of working out and looking like me. Rookie mistake. She just stared at me… So much judgement. He tried to defend me saying that I’m “not huge,” comparatively, and she answered, “…she’s pretty big.” A couple times. She told him she was just gonna go walk on the treadmill. LOL.
Okay here’s my feelings about all of this…
First of all, don’t get me wrong, I love when people compliment or comment on my progress. It means I’m doing something right!
BUT, lady, I can guarantee you will never, ever look “big” like me. Even remotely. Why? Because I have been lifting since I was 15. 10 years of muscle development to get this “big”. I have been on an intense lifting and workout schedule since I was 18 and started collegiate Division 1 track and field. My body has adapted and responded very well to that training. Not to mention my genetics allow me to build muscle pretty well.
Also, if you think that training with a trainer once a week will turn you into the hulk, you’re nuts. He will give you tips and teach you some exercises but doing a couple circuits is probably gonna help you tone up a bit, lean out, not hulk up. So unfortunately, no matter how good of a trainer he is, you’re not gonna be so lucky to be as “bulky” or “big” as I am, sorry to break that to you.
Finally, I hope you enjoy your leisurely walk on the treadmill (While it’s beautiful outside!? What!?) and I hope that burns the fat right up. I can guarantee you won’t get bulky there.
Sometimes it’s hard to receive feedback that may seem negative or unnecessary. In this particular case, I think I was caught a little off guard. However, over the past year since I’ve been lifting 6x/week and doing some sort of cardio 5x/week I have received a lot more attention regarding my physique. Mostly positive, but of course some negative. I think when you don’t fall into the cookie-cutter image portrayed in the media people begin to feel uncomfortable or don’t know how to react. I also think that people believe that three half hour sessions of cross training workouts and bicep curls are going to turn them into Arnold Schwarzenegger. Maybe not, but that’s the vibe this lady gave me.
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY is that the strong, fit female physique has become desirable amongst the younger female generation. Visibly, a strong woman is present, one with self-discipline and pride. The external image that is reflected in internally. I like that shiz.
What do YOU think?
I am ALWAYS switching up workouts. Whether it be for myself or for my clients, I love playing around with different techniques and seeing how my body (or my clients’ bodies) react to it. Recently, I’ve put together a 3-week circuit training program for myself to give my body a break from heavy lifting and hopefully shed some fat in the process. Here’s my week-by-week breakdown:
DAY 1- CIRCUIT TRAINING
DAY 2- HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Cardio
DAY 3- Active Rest
DAY 4- CIRCUIT TRAINING
DAY 5- HEAVY LIFTING (Leg day)
DAY 6- HIIT Cardio
DAY 7- Full Rest/ Recovery Day
This breakdown helps to kick my metabolism into high gear! By incorporating two rest days throughout the week, I can allow my muscles to recover after tough workouts and high intensity exercises. Also, I’m keeping my carbs relatively low except on my first Circuit Day (Day 1) and Leg Day (Day 5), mimicking a carb-cycling diet plan.
An example circuit is as follows:
EACH EXERCISE: 3 ROUNDS X10-15
1. Squat to Shoulder Press
2. Battle Ropes
4. Mountain Climbers
5. Lunges in place
6. Jump Squats
8. Jumping Jacks with weights
REST 1 MINUTE (Or however long you need)
– I generally like to alternate between strength/resistance exercises and cardio based exercises. So if you are particular to certain exercises that weren’t mentioned above you can always swap em out or add em. You can also add/subtract reps and sets depending on your fitness level.
Let me know what you think, but this is a fun little program to get you til the end of the month. I guarantee you’ll be sweating!