Scared of being bulky?

Scared of Bulkiness?

What is the fastest way to burn fat without getting bulky?

That’s the question I hear the most when I meet new clients. They want fast results but are afraid to lift weights and get bulky. Most of them have tried jogging in the morning for 30 minutes or joined a weekly Zumba class without any serious results. Although Zumba can be very fun it won’t give you the outcome you are looking for. Others have tried doing those online or magazine workouts that promise you a 6 pack in less than 30 days and didn’t see any results either.

Let me break it down for you.

If you are doing a thousand crunches to get rid of the fat around your stomach you are most likely wasting your time. Sit ups will strengthen your abdominal muscles possibly making you bigger around the waist, growing under the fat, unless you change your diet as well. Same thing with bicep curls, you will not get rid of those flabby wings.

Our bodies store fat in some areas more than others and in a certain order, which is different for everyone. When we start working out and dieting, the body will burn fat in those areas.
The point is, your body might burn fat around your arms first, then your thighs, your chest, then your butt and finally around your stomach. No matter how much time and effort you spend on a target area it doesn’t mean you will burn fat around that area. It can be very frustrating.

If you want faster results, I strongly recommend big compounds movements that target lots of muscle groups at once such as deadlifts, squats or push ups. By doing so, you will force your body to work harder to rebuild all of the muscle fibers that were recruited, burning calories even hours after the workout has ended. High interval training with compound movements is also a great way to achieve results in no time! Keep in mind, lifting weights for 15 reps or more at a time will work your endurance and it will encourage slow muscle growth. So you will not get bulky any time soon.

Don’t forget that your diet is responsible for up to 90% of the fat burned! Eating well will help you achieve the results you want.

Lifting weights doesn’t mean you will automatically start looking like a Crossfit athlete. Unless it’s what you want, it takes a lot of years of specific training to look that way. Like I always say, if getting bulky was easy, steroids would never be used in the world of bodybuilding. Everyone could be a bodybuilder. But no, it takes a lot of work and a lot of food prep to build big muscles.

Until then, don’t be afraid to pick up some weights at the gym and enjoy the results without being scared of bulkiness.

Jennifer Rochon
jenn@bouge.fitness
2 Comments
  • Andrea Zoellner
    Posted at 17:21h, 21 September Reply

    Thank you for writing this! I always get a bit nervous my workouts are working against me and what I want my body to look like. People suggest spinning for weight loss, but it just ends up making me bigger in the thighs and butt. Maybe I should embrace my new strength and not get caught up in the idea that smaller is healthier? What do you think?

    • Jenn
      Posted at 19:35h, 21 September Reply

      I think you should embrace your strength! I’m also sure a lot of other women look at your legs in envy! If you love spinning keep doing it. If you’re in it just to lose extra pounds I suggest switching it up! I think doing the same thing over and over is not the best to achieve results. You have to stress your body so it doesn’t get used to your training. Maybe add some rowing. It’s a very good compound and cardio exercise that will target more your upper body. One more thing Andrea, be patient with yourself. Being tiny does not make you healthier! Keep up the good work!

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