Christie over at Sportsnutritionliving.wordpress.com is curious: (in reference to pilates and reformer workouts)
“I know i have talked to you before about it.. but how many days a week do you need to practice to see the benefits of it… I am a runner and I tend to develop muscle easily so I want less bulk in my legs =(”
Bulk…something women seem to be very concerned with. We actually do not carry enough testosterone in our bodies to become “bulky”. The bulk that *most* women refer to, is this:
A woman begins lifting weights, and makes no changes to her diet/cardiovascular activity. She gains muscle, but the fat that she carries stays put. As such, her legs, stomach, arms, whatever actually appears larger. In order to “de-bulk”, you must lose body fat.
Speaking strictly strength-gains, you can see results in two sessions a week. The way I teach keeps your heartrate up, it’s not a losey goosey stretching hour. You will sweat, you will breathe HARD, hell you may even crypuketurnbrightred. Find a good, certified instructor. Make sure they understand your goals, make sure you feel comfortable working with them.
My own training includes daily cardio of high intensity, 3-4 times a week of weights, and 2-3 times a week of Pilates (two reformer, one mat, or vice versa).
What else kids??? Keep them questions comin!
PS…I ran for 58 minutes today. Now I am sitting in classes. I am lifting and teaching at 5, when I get out of classes. My run today sucked a bit because I lifted legs yesterday. It was an “increaser”. This is a flat run, you increase your speed gradually. So my pace started at just over 8 minute miles, and ended at 7 minute miles. Tough. It’s a “dig deep” kinda run. Glad I did it. Glad it’s over!