Which rabbit are you chasing?

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For f%$*’s sake pick a rabbit!

 

That was what I was thinking as I sat down and chatted with a client for the first time…

 

We were just getting past the small talk when I ask the one question I always ask-

 

What is your goal?

 

The person answers-

I want to build some more muscle on my butt and arms and lose this ring of fat that surrounds my midsection like an inner tube…“ I would also like to tone up my thighs a bit and lose some fat from around my bra area. Oh and I want more shapely calves too…“

 

Noble goals indeed. I mean, for the most part that is what everybody wants.

 

The problem is that pursuing these goals simultaneously is a mistake.

 

With the exception of full blown newbies it is pretty rare for an individual to gain an appreciable amount of muscle mass while simultaneously losing copious amount of body fat.

 

The reason why is simple- fat loss and muscle building are two distinctly different goals. Fat loss is a catabolic event that requires a calorie deficit and muscle building is an anabolic event that requires a calorie surplus.

 

Do you see the problem here?

 

To pursue these simultaneously is like borrowing to get out of debt- it just doesn’t work!

 

By and large my preferred approach is to always pursue fat loss first before shifting your focus to adding more muscle to your frame.

 

It has been my experience that it is best to start with a fat loss program first for the following reasons;

 

Lose Fat First Reason #1: Gaining Muscle Without Fat Is Extremely Difficult

The idea of losing 15 pounds of fat while simultaneously gaining 10 pounds of lean muscle sounds great but in reality it is highly unlikely. In fact, it is next to impossible for a trained individual to do so without the help of anabolic drugs. The only time I have witnessed this phenomenon to any significant degree was with newbie beginners with less than 6 months of ineffective training experience.

 

Lose Fat First Reason #2: You Look Bigger When You Are Lean

OK, this one is for the guys but women will benefit from this too. Pretty much every male I have trained has the desire to look muscular and powerful. However, this look is NOT achieved through sheer muscle bulk- it is achieved through muscle separation. A chiseled physique will always look bigger, fuller, and more impressive than a soft physique of a similar size.

 

Lose Fat First Reason #3: You Will Know Which Parts Need More Work

One of my friends is an artist who works with clay. He recently completed a clay model of a male and female torso and I have to say they look fantastic! However, it was interesting how it was a process of taking away clay that etched out the fine details of the statues. As he removed clay the form began to take shape. Once he had the statues whittled down to a nicely defined form he then added back some clay to even out the proportions and create a more finished look. This is also the approach I recommend you follow- lose the majority of your body fat first and then shift your training and nutrition to accommodate a few pounds of well placed muscle. This will result in a much more appealing look.

 

Contrary to what you have heard, training and eating for fat loss is actually simpler than that of muscle building. This is especially true if you have been training for more than a few years and are nearing your genetic limits for muscle growth.

 

When pursuing fat loss all you have to do is eat less, expend more calories through exercise and lift some weights in order to preserve muscle. Of course the devil is in the details and it is the psychological aspect to remaining consistent with these habits that almost always proves to be the most difficult part.

 

Muscle building has its challenges too of course. Personally I find it very difficult to keep up with the food intake that is required to even maintain the muscle I have now let alone increasing this by 5 pounds or so.

 

However if it was my goal to build more muscle or lose more fat I can promise that I would pick one or the other- not both.

 

You may be wondering what my goal is so I will tell you- at the moment my goal is simply to maintain where I am at until the time comes when I can focus my energies back on where I love to focus most- building muscle and strength.

 

Few things on this earth are as satisfying to me as ripping 400 pounds off the ground 5 or 6 times…

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So that’s the rabbit I chose- muscle building. My goal as I approach my 45th year on this planet is to remain as strong and muscular as possible and I will accomplish this keeping my eyes firmly fixed upon this goal.

 

Which rabbit are you going to chase?

 

 

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

2 Responses to “Which rabbit are you chasing?”

  1. eileen krahn says:

    Humorous, informative and relevant!

  2. Janet says:

    I want to focus on fat loss. To start my first goal is to lose 30 lbs. Then my second goal is to lose another 30 lbs. once I achieve the first goal.

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