If I lift weights, will I get bigger muscles? In most cases the answer to this common question is, No. We all know that person in our lives that is trying to gain muscle, he or she is doing all the workouts, working with weights and drinking protein shakes etc. But when we look at them we just don’t really see the difference right? Well, that’s because it takes a long time to build new muscle tissue and even longer time for that tissue to become stronger and larger.
Weight training – the benefits
If you lift weights you will get stronger yes, but how much stronger you get is up to you and how much you challenge yourself. That, in turn, will define the size of the muscles you gain if you gain much at all. Most of us will actually just activate the muscle we already have that was for the lack of a better word ‘asleep’.
Your body type (there are 7) will already predetermine what you can physically look like when weight training. It is common sense to assume that you that taller person or athlete will never look like a power lifter or a front row rugby player. No gymnast will ever look like a catwalk model either, there are just some spectrums you will never get close too.
Following what someone else looks like is a silly goal. You need to follow yourself and measure against yourself. If your friend puts on muscle easier, trust me just because she is your friend and you guys share moments together this doesn’t mean you share genetics. She may put on weight easily or find it very hard but until you try this for yourself, you will never know if you do or don’t and how easy or hard it is for you.
There are some people whose sole goal is to gain some size and there are ways to do that of course, but trust me in my 20 years of experience weight training does not mean you will get bigger muscles. There are so many factors that you are not considering and even aware of as an amateur or beginner. You will not fluke weight or muscle gain, this can not be achieved. It’s an art form and demands pure commitment and a lot of ‘hard’ work… I’m sorry but if you’re asking the above question, you’re probably not in the small percentage of people that are actually able to do this. Don’t be fearful of what you don’t know or understand when weight training. Trust the process and earn what you work for. Keep your head high and your heart rate higher!
Having a little extra active muscle is very good for your overall health and you should not fear this anyway. Having a bigger and more effective BMR can only be good for you. People whose BMR is higher can afford more calories, bodybuilders use this extra allowance and eat more than the average protein. This helps keep the muscles working better for them. An athlete will use the extra calories in training and in athletic performance. So they need the energy and will eat twice the carbohydrates than the average human being. Both of these types of performers obviously use weights, one with a specific muscle building goals in mind, the other with a performance based results.
We as just a working mother, father with part-time interest in golf or just someone who has dedicated themselves to others or work for some time and just need to move around for general well being need to think of weights and weight training as our friend. The movement of more muscles is the key to building a big deficit, and that is the key to an effective workout plan or program. So many of our friends and workmates go to the gym and use weight training with the massive gains in muscle that you are fearful of. If it hasn’t happened to you before when weight training then there’s a high chance it won’t happen to you easily. You will have plenty of time to undo anything you think you don’t like.
I am naturally a muscular male, but if I am sick and don’t train with weights to keep my strength up and for example, I am sick and don’t get adequate nutrients, my weight will go right down. I can so as many kilos as days that I don’t train or eat properly. So it’s not irreversible – but you will never know unless you try it first. Weight training could save your life…
About the Author
Pierre Gagnon practised concentration and insight meditation intensively from 2010 to 2012, then went on to study meditation at Wat Suan Mokkh with the venerable Ajahn Po from 2013 to 2015. As well as his own practice, he has coordinated meditation retreats in the south of Thailand which were attended by more than 1,000 people.
Having a great passion in the field of neuroscience, he likes to integrate these concepts into meditation practice. He believes that much of our life is lived resisting and defending against internal and external experiences that people perceive as threats. Through the development of concentration and meditation, we can insightfully see that all experiences are harmless and there is no need to defend of contract around them. Pierre has experience coordinating concentration and insight meditation retreats, teaching the relationship that exists between Buddhism and neuroscience.
About the Author
Bochakorn began her education in conventional medicine as a nurse, then shifted to embrace natural healing and integrative medicines. Her training and certifications abroad include: Nutrition and Western Herbal Medicines, Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
During her therapeutic sessions, she may also incorporate other aspects of integrative medicines when required, including: acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion, nutritional, supplements and herbal recommendation.