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.