Star, US Weekly, People, OK!…Fruit Rollups for the brain. Sugary, fake, cavity enducing, completely synthetic and in no way condoned by the laws of nature.
I don’t read them. Some of my clients, however, unfortunately, do. And as such I’m often fragged by bits of shrapnel, relayed tidbits of stories that were gobbled down like so much over processed sugar.
One recent fragging involved a story about Jessica Simpson’s new slim figure and how her trainer got her there. The trainer, Mike somebody, was apparently quoted as saying that they used body weight movements, because body weight movements don’t bulk, they create long lean muscles.
This is where I want to make something clear. Trainer Mike is in all probability an intelligent and effective trainer. However this statement, in it’s sound byte form, is the kind of thing that drives me nuts. Body weight movements don’t make long lean muscles any more that dumbbells, kettlebells or barbells do. All of them do, none of them do.
It’s not the tool that’s important. It’s how you use it. I can implement body weight training with a client and they’ll come out looking like Lance Armstrong on race day, skinny as a rail. On the other hand, I can load up my clients with pistols (1 leg body weight squats), modified pushups, pullup progressions and handstand pushups. After a few weeks they’re going to come out looking more Lou Ferrigno than Leo DiCaprio.
The other part of this is that I’m going to bet that Jessica is one of the 95% of women out there that no matter how heavy the weight gets, she’s not going to get the big bulked square looking muscles. Hey, odds are in my favor. The other thing this sound bite plays on is a woman’s fear of getting big.
Ladies, listen up. Unless you are part of the 5% of the female population that has the abnormally high levels of testosterone (male hormones) in your body that will promote a significant increase in muscle size, I can have you deadlifting heavy from here to next week straight and you’re not going to bulk up.
So Trainer Mike, good job I guess. Everybody else, careful what you read. Junkfood is just as bad for the brain as it is for the body. Don’t be afraid of picking up something heavy and moving it around for a while. Chances are it’ll do you good.