Maybe this is a bit of a rant but a well deserved rant after being in the fitness industry for several years. I am approached by people on a regular basis asking me for help with their training program. I’m more than willing to help anyone, my only issue is when I encourage them to resistant strain their first response is “Well, I don’t want to get bulky.”
That word bulky, it really irritates me. Not the word itself but the meaning behind it. So many people think getting bulky is a bad thing or that the process of gaining muscle is easy. Truth is, getting bulky isn’t easy.
In order for people to get that toned look they want, gaining a little bit of lean muscle bass is mandatory. If you put on muscle easily that’s great, let me write you a program so that you can gain a little bit of muscle fill out your figure and have proper nutrition to go along with it. If gaining muscle mass is hard for you, that tone appeal is never going to come from doing cardio. Cardiovascular training has its time and place but without lean muscle mass that toned look is very far-fetched.
And in the same breath the word toned irritates me as well. When people use the word toned describing their want to become fit, in better shape, and a little bit leaner, they think there is some sort of option of becoming a she hulk or toned. Toned is more of a marketing scheme to give people the idea that there’s a possibility for you to tone what you currently have and shape it better, instead of recomposing your body from a higher body fat percentage to a higher lean muscle mass percentage.
It’s time to face the music, getting bulky isn’t easy because getting bulky really means gaining muscle. When you put what it takes to gain muscle into perspective, it is more challenging than a quick fix. Applying that to your goals, it’s easy to see a high amount of value in resistance training. This is why I encourage all of my clients to have a good mix of resistance training and cardiovascular training followed by a proper nutrition plan to coordinate.
Here’s my personal progress photos showing the time and calories involved in getting bulky, along with a strict and consistent training plan.