Girls, we all know that muscle is way better than carrying around extra ( this is a bad word in my gym), FAT!! There I said it!
Muscle requires more energy to maintain than fat, thus your body has to expend more calories if you have more muscle. Studies have shown that even a small increase of the amount of muscle mass in women can have a large impact on metabolic rates. This is terrific! Even while you are sleeping, your body will be burning extra calories with your new increased metabolism, 24/7.
I purposely ask my clients to go to the rack and pick up say a 15 pound or even a 30 pound dumbbell, and ask them to walk in a circle for a full minute! See what the body feels like to carry around that extra weight. That is a great deal of stress on your organs, joints and all the tissues in your body.
Now, if you are trained properly you should not bulk up. Certain body types however can have different results. That is genetics, so it’s important you learn how to do so. In addition, unless you are taking steroids, which I never recommend, it would take some time and effort to build huge mass. But for the most part, if we approach your program that allows us to build nice, lean muscle, we’ll start to burn more calories AND get those nice lean stripes and defenition that we long for!
One way to add nice lean muscle, is to simply start off with lighter weights and increase the number of reps. Not to fatigue, but say maybe 15-20 reps, so you can add another set without compromising your form.
This is just a quick tip for now, stay tuned for more.
Your biggest fan, Suzie!