What is the definition of strength training?

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    Jul 09, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    What does strength training mean ?

    I am suppose to be doing strength training with my Personal trainer, but I am confused. Today he says I have to bulk up my arms in order to lift heavier weight and make my chest muscular and bigger. The thing is I had told him I wanted lean muscle ,but I don't want to be a big muscle guy. I just want to gain lean muscle and tighten my body up.

    Is he right?
    What should I do ?
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    Jul 10, 2009 12:14 AM GMT
    I assume your looking to achieve a more swimmers type body. Lean, defined, toned?

    Your paying him, ask him. It sounds to me like he has either forgot your goals, or are inflicting his on you.

    Your the customer. You dont need strength training to achieve a goal to be lean and tight. If thats the goal, your routine should have lots of cardio, and lifting lighter weight, with a higher rep count.
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    Jul 10, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    LuvMuscle99 saidI assume your looking to achieve a more swimmers type body. Lean, defined, toned?

    Your paying him, ask him. It sounds to me like he has either forgot your goals, or are inflicting his on you.

    Your the customer. You dont need strength training to achieve a goal to be lean and tight. If thats the goal, your routine should have lots of cardio, and lifting lighter weight, with a higher rep count.


    Thanks, I guess I am super confused.
    I am the one who asked for strength training.
    I have been with him 2 months and I feel no change at all or maybe im expecting too much.
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    Jul 10, 2009 12:23 AM GMT
    I'd say 2 months is too short to expect any noticeable results. I think you need to talk with your trainer and make sure you're both on the same page, as far as your goals are concerned.
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    Jul 10, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI'd say 2 months is too short to expect any noticeable results. I think you need to talk with your trainer and make sure you're both on the same page, as far as your goals are concerned.


    I think your right.
    When we started he said I would see results from 2-3 months .
    I was hoping I would see some by now.
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    Jul 10, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    also EAT and SLEEP or you are sabotaging the whole process. Remember, too, that you donĀ“t suddenly end up HUGE by mistake. You have to work hard to get there
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    Jul 10, 2009 12:58 AM GMT
    Justmi saidWhat does strength training mean ?

    I am suppose to be doing strength training with my Personal trainer, but I am confused. Today he says I have to bulk up my arms in order to lift heavier weight and make my chest muscular and bigger. The thing is I had told him I wanted lean muscle ,but I don't want to be a big muscle guy. I just want to gain lean muscle and tighten my body up.

    Is he right?
    What should I do ?


    Don't worry, as long as you don't eat properly, nor train with enough intensity you won't have to worry about getting big. It takes years of lifting, at moderate to high reps, with plenty of calories to get big. YOU'RE IN NO DANGER OF HAPPENING TO YOU NOW.

    Strength training is about the ability to move a weight through space a single time. Bodybuilding is more about being fit, having enough to eat, and being able to move a weight through space many times.

    Much of strength training is related to technique, and his little to do with calories, nor endurance.

    You shouldn't aspire to a swimmer's build, as it's very poorly done: unbalanced, with almost no chest, long limbs, an overdeveloped back and posterior delts, with almost no anterior development, and little to no leg development.

    If you want to be small, you should aspire to a gymnast's built which is balanced in nearly every way via body weight resistance training.

    Many bodybuilders are very strong by proper endurance (sacroplasmic hypertrophy) training, with competitive bodybuilders being extremely fit, with a very low level of fat, and a very high cardiac threshold (among the most fit of all athletes because all the components of fitness come to bear in their conditioning.) Strength trained athletes often have high fat levels and poor cardiac health but are able to move a weight through space for just a few times. They can generate short bursts of power, but, don't have the ability to sustain it.

    You would do well to train like a gymnast, if your goal is to stay small, or like a bodybuilder if you'd like to be both fit and big. Do NOT train like a swimmer, as that training is extremely unbalanced.
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    Jul 10, 2009 1:21 AM GMT
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    LuvMuscle99 saidI assume your looking to achieve a more swimmers type body. Lean, defined, toned?

    Your paying him, ask him. It sounds to me like he has either forgot your goals, or are inflicting his on you.

    Your the customer. You dont need strength training to achieve a goal to be lean and tight. If thats the goal, your routine should have lots of cardio, and lifting lighter weight, with a higher rep count.


    Thanks, I guess I am super confused.
    I am the one who asked for strength training.
    I have been with him 2 months and I feel no change at all or maybe im expecting too much.


    Sorry... misunderstood you. The advice your getting is on target. But you should talk with your trainer, really! He can help you best if he understands whats in your mind, and the concerns you have
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    Jul 10, 2009 8:51 AM GMT
    Just so the clueless don't get you further misinformed: higher rep counts don't make you leaner. Burning fewer calories than you expend makes you leaner.

    It's a common misconception held by ignorant folks.
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    Jul 10, 2009 10:08 AM GMT
    I'm already lean, I am just trying to loose the left overs of my gut and tighten up.
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    Jul 10, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    my coach let me running 30 minutes before my muscle training in order to enhance my heart & lung.
    Maybe appropriate strength training for you is just same as a big muscle running minutes before workout.
    maybe it is helpful. I do't know.body is a balance system.