Let’s chat about the stigma, “strength training makes you bulky”
We have all seen it, the double upside down, triple banded, glute thrusts that is being advertised as the secret to the gains. The fancy movements you see advertised by “fitness influencers” is not the way. The truth is, those movements are for attention. Resistance strength training is about results. With proper coaching and guidance, the movements and exercises you chose to do most must proven to stimulate and build strength, muscle, and promote growth. The fact is, the movements that yield the highest return aren’t fancy, flashy, or often times fun, but, are proven to work.
If you have said the words, “I don’t want to get bulky, I want to get toned,” and have found yourself having problems building your body because you are afraid to strength train with heavier weights than the 15lb dumbbells, now is the time to let go of that fear and get into the mindset of doing something new.
Lifting weights will not make you bulky or become “manly.” I wish it was that easy. LOL. If that was the case, I would be 200lb of muscle as I have devoted years of my life to building.
Every morning I am reminded of my past as my body cracks when my hands reach to the ceiling letting out a big sigh. 26 years old and 20 of that have been spent training, 15 at a level I often can’t comprehend how I did it. The adage, “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone,” is forever a reminder of the physical condition my body once was at the peak of my athletic career.
With the recent injury of a torn ulnar collateral ligament being the latest addition to the list of setbacks, I want to bring light to a topic I feel many of you can resonate with.
I’ve heard it all, “He’s injury prone. He can’t handle the training. He’s not cut out for this level of physical abuse.” From age 15 I have been in chronic physical pain. In the 8th grade I endured a football injury tearing my lateral meniscus as well as a rare condition called osteochondritis dissecans, known as OCD, a joint disorder in which cracks form in the articular cartilage and the underlying subchrondral bone. In layman’s terms, OCD is a deep bone bruise that literally kills the bone and no longer is blood supplied to the area, resulting in pain, flaking of the bone, swelling, and catching and locking during movement. After a meniscal repair surgery of 5 pins and two screws and a drill hole into my bone marrow to resupply the area with blood, I crutched around for a few months on a high school campus not gimp friendly.
My name is Josh Morin and my mission here is solely to be the light to help you find your north star.