Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Query...Does muscle weigh more than fat?

Eeeeeeeek! The Summer seems to be upon us! You know its here when all of us fellow brits flock to the beach at the first sight of the sun, are bright red and sore all over.

Its not too late to start your beach bod training programme!
And what is it thats going to make you look amazing on the beach? Your muscle tone. Many people believe the myth that muscle weighs more than fat,

What is heavier a ton of bricks or a ton of feathers?

What would look better on your body? 1kg of muscle or 1 kg of fat?

Most of you would have answered muscle.
To gain the desired muscle tone you need to concentrate on working your fast twitch muscle fibres.
Slow twitch muscle fibres are common in marathon runners, these fibres can carry loads of oxygen, therefore aiding aerobic activity (aerobic = in the presence of oxygen) For example Paula Radcliffe who doesn't have much body fat or muscle

Fast twitch muscle fibres are common in sprinters in power lifters who train in alot of anaerobic activity (anaerobic = without oxygen) For example Ussain Bolt
who has much more muscle.
To gain more a more toned body it is advised that you weight train 3-4 times per week, doing 3 sets of 8-10 reps, always ensuring that you leave atleat 24hours between each session.

Answer....No muscle does not weigh more than fat. 
You would need a vast amount of muscle before it does so, and ladies, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET HENCH AND BULKY IF YOU WEIGHT TRAIN!
Typically women don't have the correct hormones to bulk up, those you see in body building competitions will have an extremely gruelling exercise regime which they do for a living, give the weights a go :) They are your friend.

3 comments:

kirstyb said...

there not my friend! i still ache all over from Friday ha x

Fitness freak said...

What did you do on friday?!xxx

Lindsay said...

I love the weights! Great post :)