You now know that you should be exercising and lifting weights to help support your immunity, and extend your lifetime and quality of that life, but now your concern is, “I don’t want to get bulky!” So let’s dive into this, clear up that misconception, and find out what you’re really chasing.
How Realistic That Image Actually Is
Those pictures you see that are typically associated with the gym, or CrossFit, are people who spend their days completely devoted to their craft. They are spending 5-6 hours in the gym, if not more, working out. Hard. They’re lifting more than you can imagine, and they’re working at a redline you can’t even fathom. Most of them have nutrition coaches, personal chefs, and/or are sponsored by meal companies, so they don’t need to think about their nutrition. They don’t have much of a social life, if any at all. They say “no” regularly to social gatherings, family events, and holidays. They sleep long, and they sleep hard. And then they get up the next day and they rinse and repeat.
So it’s no wonder that they look the way they do. They’ve worked very hard for it; every single second of their day is devoted to their craft.
Where Most Of Us Are
Generally, us “Average Joe’s” won’t be spending that much time in the gym in a week, nevermind a day. Most of you can be satisfied if you make it into the gym for your three sessions per week. And for those of you that come in 5-6 times per week – awesome.
And it’s pretty guaranteed that we all live a highly social life, or at least invest in a social life of some kind. Family gatherings are definitely included in our lives, and we are all very quick to take advantage of a holiday and all the “fun” that type of day can bring. Our days are filled with stressful jobs, and busy lives, and generally we don’t sleep that well, or enough.
So when we look back on the things it actually takes to get to that level and that type of body composition, for the majority of people walking in the door for the first time, this is a very unrealistic expectation.
So What Is More Realistic For Us?
Well, for the rest of us mere mortals, there is still hope in the results from regular exercise and some proper nutrition. In searching for some balance in an exercise and nutrition routine, you will start to experience things like your clothes fitting better, your mood changing, and your confidence growing. Most of our clients have experienced this in some way, shape, or form. While we all want to look better naked, be healthier, and stronger, it’s not to say that these results can’t happen just because we aren’t elite genetic material like those folks in the images are. Absolutely, we can have those ab-popping results too. But we need to readjust our expectations on what it takes to get there, and how much time and energy we are willing to invest in that journey.
The main point is that you need to start. Start with a fitness program, and one that is geared towards what you want to achieve. And once you are pushing, pulling, and squatting, start to implement some nutrition work. You will start to see your body composition change, and over time and the more consistent you can be, the better your results will become. These two components work best when paired together. While you can still see results with each one separately, you’ll get the best results when you work at them together.
Because at the end of the day, exercise and nutrition are vitally important. If your biggest reason for not starting is a fear of bulky muscles, we hate to see you miss out on all the other great things that can come from this journey like improved health and a better quality of life.
Fortunately, we have one of the best program deliveries of life-changing fitness and nutrition. Sit down and talk with us, and together we’ll make a plan that’s achievable to help you get great results without “bulking up.”