Phrases that Irk Me: Long and Lean
Maybe I’m a bit grumpy from not being able to workout this week due to a silly cold, but I’m so sick of reading workout descriptions that use the phrase, “long and lean” to sell their workout.
I get it. Most women I know covet a thinner, longer appearing silhouette (no matter what their current body type). I’ve also never had a female client tell me her goal was to bulk-up. No matter how many articles are written about how hard it is for women to actually bulk-up, it appears it’s still a big concern.
I’m also well aware that at 5’1, I’m not exactly the “long and lean” type no matter what type of workout I do.
I’ll level with you.
I’ve had a few female clients who did not lose weight while strength training and actually put on inches in virtually every part of their body. These clients usually had a significant amount of weight to lose, did not change anything about their eating habits, but regularly lifted weights without doing much cardio. In fact some of them ate more food because they were hungry from working out. These clients were obviously unhappy with their results and blamed weight training.
Without explaining “why”, I think it’s clear as to why they did not get the results they wanted. They increased their muscle size because they started a challenging strength training routine, but continued to over-eat. Throughout the years, these clients have been the exception, not the rule.
Question: How many bulky women do you see walking the streets of Manhattan or leaving the gym?
If you eat healthy and lift weights you will not bulk up.
Will your thighs increase in size by a little? Quite possibly depending on your body type.
Will you be able to run faster for longer and possibly avoid more injuries? Most likely, yes!
At the end of the day working out is suppose to be the thing that helps us live a healthier, more productive life. The long term benefits of strength training out weigh any minor increase in muscle size. Tell me this list of strength training benefits doesn’t make you want to cut your next run short and grab some dumbbells? You WILL NOT bulk-up, I promise!
- increase in bone density
- increase in lean muscle mass
- strengthens connective tissue
- increases metabolism
- minimize or eliminates muscle imbalances
- reduces risk of injuries associated with aging (i.e. breaking a bone when falling)
Why can’t those class descriptions and advertisements use the words “strong and fit”?