Throwing another pull-up variation at you!
Like I state in the video, you may want to work on getting a little more flexible with sit and reach before doing this exercise because it helps you get a larger range of motion.
Check out that face just beckoning for you to try it 😉
Okay. Let’s talk ‘bulky’ and let’s talk girl.
Real quick; these pictures below were taken on the exact same day. Yeah, maybe you think I look a little ‘bulky’ in the first picture. If you don’t, I know I kind of thought that about it right after I took the picture and looked at it. Either way, check out what those arms look like when they are just out to the side in the picture after.
I’ve seen people over the internet try to debunk the myth that lifting and muscle building exercises will make us ladies ‘bulky’ or too muscle-y, but seriously, I want to support the movement and show this example to demonstrate how this myth really is far from the truth.
I love lifting when I can, which hasn’t been as much in the past year so I’ve supplemented with pull-ups more lately to maintain some upper body tone and strength when I’m not able to be in a gym (plus it’s really convenient to do at home!!).
Overall, I mainly concentrate on building muscle by lifting and other high intensity interval exercises. In no way am I obsessed with it or trying to get huge; I just like to do it to stay toned and continually be burning more calories than I would be if I had very little muscle tone. I like feeling agile and in shape. Also, since I’m a girl with a hearty appetite, I like not worrying or fretting about how much I eat (as long as it’s healthy and wholesome!). Working to increase my own muscle mass has really truly helped me maintain a steady, healthy weight amidst all the different stages of my life, and I believe it can help others too!
Therefore, I am certainly a big proponent of building muscle in one way or the other; I believe it’ll do anyone and everyone good to do so (unless physical restrictions and/or circumstances prevent you from being able to do so). With these pictures, I want to show how girls, like myself, who focus on muscle building WILL NOT GET ‘BULKY’. I have done more lifting than the majority of women, and I have never been or will never be ‘bulky’ by doing so. Even if it looks a tad like that when I flex, I don’t know about you, but I don’t walk around with my arms up like that flexing in a tank top. When my arms are down, you wouldn’t even give them a second look I bet. If fact, they can even look a little twiggy depending on what angle you look at.. lol. But nonetheless, they’re toned.
Bottom line: I strongly believe regular exercise is a valuable contributor to an overall healthy lifestyle and working to gain muscle while doing so can be a very productive way to maintain a healthy, toned physique. Don’t be afraid or hesitant to include this as an integral part of your fitness routine!! 🙂
What do you think?! What is your experience with or opinion on muscle building? Has it worked well for you?
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Happy building, all you wonderful people!