Monday, November 9, 2009
Dear Boys and Girls,
It's the first time in my life that I have guns! Finally, finally, everything is coming into place.
A few thoughts:
A lot of women (most, probably) say that they don't want to lift weights because they are afraid of getting too muscular or too bulky. Barbie's here to give you the skinny on this myth.
This has been said a zillion times by fitness experts, but no one seems to want to listen: It takes A LOT of hard work to build muscle. I have been lifting heavy (heavier than ever) and eating like a Spartan robot (extremely clean and every 2 hours) to be able to see true definition. Lately, when people see me or meet me, they always seem to mention how "tiny" I am.
Do you get it? Lifting heavy does not make you bulky. If you want nice, well-defined muscles, pick up some weights and don't be afraid to push yourself. I wish I had done that earlier. But, you live and learn!
So how come some people tend to bulk up when doing an exercise program, especially a program like P90X?
Back in 2008, I felt that I was turning into a football player while doing P90X and so I switched to Slim in 6 mid-way. In retrospect, P90X was not the culprit, it was my diet. I was eating too much and not enough of the right things. Too many carbs, too many sauces, too many calories. The result? Too much bulk.
See, you do build muscle with Chalean Extreme and P90X and that's a good thing. But if you're not eating clean, you're creating extra padding around those muscles. Boys and girls, I am not a trainer. I'm sure that there's a better, more scientific explanation, but I'm telling you what I have learned from two years of being on this most awesome journey.
The message is always the same and that, too, is a good thing: If you want to see results, you have got to be bring it 5-6 times a week and you have got to eat clean, preferably from the top two tiers of michi's ladder. Plan out your meals. Calculate how much you have to eat to achieve your goals. And don't be afraid to go heavy.
Now, bring it!
Posted by Coach Barbie, PhD at 9:18 AM