This is the key to building muscle, losing fat, increasing energy or doing all three. The bottom line is more muscle stimulated yields more energy produced, which equals a gain in energy expenditure.
With bodybuilding or bodysculpting for fitness we call upon our minds to move our muscles in order to produce energy. When we move our muscles we are in effect calling upon a tremendous force in our bodies to ignite our latent energy. When our latent energy is ignited we fire our bodies up and cause it to burn more energy for a longer period of time - more than cardiovascular exercise can attest to.
Energy Is Alive, Pulsating, & Free
Muscle is energy.
Regardless of how much muscle a person has we all have this solid substance in the form of latent energy that is pulsating, free, indeterminate, self-moving and flowing throughout our bodies wanting and waiting to be stimulated and produced.
Energy is active and lively, which is the indwelling pulsation of self-movement and spontaneous activity.1
Energy is something alive only in so far as it contains negativity within it, and moreover is this power to hold and endure that negativity within it.2
For example, when a bodybuilding fitness enthusiast holds and endures the negative by negating it when he or she lifts, pushes, or pulls against gravity while moving the weight (refer to my article Tarrying With The Negative': The Logic & Nature Of Bodybuilding For Fitness) muscle is stimulated and energy is produced which becomes alive, pulsating, free, and self-moving.
Energy Is Tarrying With The Negative, Yielding The Positive
Holding and enduring or "tarrying" with the negative by negating it is for the positive benefits of increased health and fitness. The positive arises when and only when negativity is directed at one's initial efforts at negating it.
The effort of negating the negative such as lifting, pushing, or pulling the weight against gravity; then and only then can negativity go on to become self-directed and self-related to create the positive.4
Knowledge, Opinion, & Ignorance
It is the power of the negative which is the creative element assuring the advance movement of something positive, alive, self-moving and active, which is in our case bodybuilding for fitness.
The problem and the difference is that few know how to stimulate muscle to create energy, some have an opinion how to do it, and others are ignorant how to do it.
It is those others who make the fatal mistake of excusing themselves not to know how to stimulate muscle to create energy that is self-moving and free.
Stop Making Excuses
Use Muscle To Create Energy & Be Free
No one can have too much muscle that is naturally made bigger by weight resistance training. No one can produce too much energy that is within one's natural abilities to do so.
Muscle is energy and it is that energy which produces more energy. The more muscle one has the more energy one produces. The less muscle one has the less energy one produces.
But we all have to start somewhere and start producing more energy in our workouts if we mean what we say: either to build muscle (or "tone up"), lose fat, and/or increase energy.
Men and women alike need to stop making excuses not to build muscle.
Excuses From Men
Men say that they don't want to get "too big." That's a bunch of bull.
Men who become enlightened to weight training or bodybuilding for fitness want to get bigger. The problem is that they don't know how to get big or bigger.
Excuses From Women
Women say they don't want to "gain bulk." That too is a bunch of bull. Women don't know what they are saying when they say this. Bulk is a 70's term, which means to gain both fat and muscle.
So women are right and I quite agree. I don't want to gain fat either. The only way you can gain bulk is if you eat more and move less and train like a powerlifter like Bev Francis did.
Bulky Powerlifter To Aesthetic Bodybuilder
Bev Francis is a fine example of someone who streamlined her endomorphic type of body from being both muscular and bulky to an aesthetic bodybuilding physique of looking muscular and athletic.
Women who say they don't want to gain bulk can look to Bev Francis. She is one who transformed her powerlifting physique to a streamlined aesthetic bodybuilding physique showing all the curves and lines that most women express they want. How Bev Francis changed her physique is by how she altered her training and of course her eating habits.
Bev Francis was the first woman to bench press 300 pounds. She changed her powerlifting physique to a more streamlined look by training like a bodybuilder to co-star in the movie Pumping Iron: The Women, starring the first Ms. Olympia Rachel McLish. Unlike Bev Francis, Rachel McLish has an ectomorphic body type build.
Bev Francis' body type build is characterized by having a "thick" build between an athletic and a thin build. Bev Francis and people like her is "large boned," "thick skinned," stout and heavy. A large boned person has the capacity for building muscle and a producing tremendous amount of force of energy at one instance but has a hard time losing fat.
Rachel McLish's body type is characterized by having a "thin" body type build. Rachel McLish and people like her is "small boned," "thin skinned," lean and light. A small boned person has a hard time building muscle and producing energy but has an easy time losing fat.
The Difference Lies Between Initiating & Pretending
What does this say to our average Joe or Jane Doe in the gym who want to gain muscle or lose fat or do both? Let me tell you the difference between a person getting results and person not getting results.
The difference lies in initiating or not initiating or stimulating or not stimulating muscle production. Also while exercising or pretense to "exercising" and altering, or not altering body composition or shape after exercise, that is, outside the gym.
The person who stimulates the greatest muscle production in the least amount of time is one who expends more energy while exercising. The result yields the greatest energy wasting benefits for a longer period of time (days) than a person who doesn't stimulate muscle production during exercise.
The point of fact is this: Muscle Is Energy.
Muscle stimulates, reeves the body's metabolism up, and alters bodily changes due to increased energy. You must use muscle to produce energy for increased energy during exercise so that energy can be increased or wasted after exercise.
Energizing, Quick-Paced, & Explosive Workouts
I am not a big guy. I am small boned. I have an ectomorphic build and I weigh 192 pounds on the average.
At age 43 I lift for one reason: to gain energy in order to increase energy expenditure outside the gym. My workouts are quick-paced and if someone wants to join me then he or she better keep up and learn how to sweat.
I am all business when it comes to working out, yet I know how to have fun while doing it. If an added benefit to my reason for dong recreational bodybuilding is more muscle gained (i.e., more energy produced or wasted outside the gym) then more power to me! Training past 40 one must, and in words of the "blond bomber," Dave Draper,
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Not to say that I am all that, but one simply has to look at the pictures below to see how much energy I can generate on my small ectomorphic frame.
The amount of weight lifted, even if they are partial repetitions, I am in fact carrying the weight with my own body and holding on with the strength of my hands without the aid of lifting straps. I don't know of anyone else who can generate this much energy "naturally" in their 40's on a small frame like myself.
Below are a couple of recent training journal entries typical of my workouts. To reason my path toward my goal (to gain energy) I utilize none other than my Reverse Pyramid training philosophy.
On the first set the amount of weight lifted is maximized for the maximum number of repetitions attainable near exhaustion while maintaining good form throughout each set and without the use of forced reps.
On each set and most importantly on each rep I do not try to hold any energy in reserve. Be honest with yourself. I maximize my sets and reps by maximizing my effort output on each. Anything less than that, is a waste of time. Maybe not a waste but not the most productive in the least amount of time.
July 25, 2005 Monday 6:30-7:15pm
** Left quad injury a month ago, low weight, high reps, slow on decent; seeing more cuts
*Goal: 500 lb. deadlift - (315-10), (365-5), (415-3), (465-1), 515-1 (warm-up for four sets, then max lift and reverse pyramid from there)
July 27, 2005 Wednesday 6:30-7:15pm
Barbell shrugs (135-10), (225-8), (315-4), 405-10, 315-10-, 225-10 (all sets done with lifting straps). ( ) = warm-up sets
Barbell shrugs Behind 225-6 (no straps; weak link was grip), 135-10 ( " )
Dumbbell shrugs 100-10 (with straps), 80-12 (r/p 8, no straps)
Barbell wrist curls 135-10, 115-10, 95-10
Dumbbell wrist curls 60-6, 50-8, 35-10
Many Versions Of H.I.T.
Same Principle Yields Same Purpose
It's not that people don't get it in using or producing energy in their workouts. It's just that they aren't willing to put forth the effort and do what is necessary.
Effort unlocks one's latent energy for metamorphosis to occur. High-intensity training (H.I.T.) has many faces and many avenues but its principle of working out harder in less time to accomplish more leads to the same path: quicker results in less time.
Most notably is the slow rep movement that zeros out momentum when lifting. Slow rep training does do the job. You get a burn, you get fatigued quick, and you are sore the next day. You save time in your workouts. It is without a doubt doing more in less time. I must ask, however, how is this type of training psychologically beneficial to everyone? It is boring.
This type of training yields control, patience and is slow moving. At least for me, I like to move and move with a purpose in my workouts. That's why I prefer quick-paced workouts and lifting which is controlled during the eccentric part of the lift yet explosive during the concentric part of the lift.
However, This Varies Depending On Two Factors:
- The first factor is if I am exercising a large (chest, legs, back) or small (arms, shoulders) muscle group.
- The second factor is if I am engaged in doing a multiple-joint or a single-joint exercise. Multiple-joint exercises like the bench press, squats, and deadlifts are the bread and butter of muscle producing energy!
The type of training one does and if it yields real results is a personal preference. More power to you! Yet, when it comes to one's general health or one's optimal fitness there is no preference in not using one's latent energy. It is a simple necessity, particularly when one gets older and especially in mid-life.
For me, and once again, I bodybuild to move my muscles with the maximum amount of weight for the maximum number of repetitions I am able to perform in a safe manner in order to utilize and produce as much energy as I possibly can so that I can gain the greatest benefit of burning more energy the next day and creating a higher after-burn for a longer period of time.
Copyright Â© 2005 by Randy M. Herring
- Adaptation from Hegel's Science of Logic, p. 442.
- Ibid., p. 440. My emphasis.
- Messinger, Eli. "The Power of Negativity." Book Review. Science and Society. Spring 2004, Vol. 68, Issue 1 (pp. 123-125) p. 124. Also see my article 'Tarrying with the Negative': The Logic and Nature of Bodybuilding for Fitness.