Over the weekend I received a comment from somebody on my site and a good conversation with my friend Paul talking about muscle mass and it got me thinking about it.
The first comment was directed towards me. It went something like
“I saw your photos on the sidebar of your website and I was thinking that you would have gained more muscle then you did. I have the same frame as you and I’m looking to gain some bulk so I don’t think P90X is for me.”
I responded to him asking how much muscle he was looking to put on and he said “about 10 pounds.” Obviously he did not read any of the posts on my site, especially the one where I talked about gaining 10 pounds of muscle with P90X. After replying he said he did not read that and that he was surprised on put on that much. I informed him that P90X can be used to build bulky muscle if you want but I chose to go in between bulky and lean. My goal was to put on muscle but not be weighed down by the bulk as I was going for that “pound for pound” look.
What is interesting is that ever since I signed up to be a Beachbody Coach in Jan 09 and committed to P90X, Insanity, and the Beachbody supplements like the P90X Recovery Drink I’ve actually put on 15 pounds of muscle.
The other conversation with my friend Paul happened after we started talking about the Insanity workout. Paul is the brother of my friend Joe who got me started with P90X and was there with me at the beginning. Paul played hockey in high school and has always gone for the bigger bulkier look mainly so he could throw around people when they got into the corners of the rink. An added bonus was to push around his older brother and get him back for the years of older brother punishment.
After Paul’s first 30 days of doing the Insanity workout routine he told me he dropped a loop size on his belt and is feeling much stronger while being lighter. He plays on a mens hockey league where there is no checking allowed. There is the usual contact because it is hockey, but nobody is laying people out. Paul said his overall play has greatly improved as goals and assists are up in this short time period of doing Insanity.
So it got me thinking. Who would want bulky muscles? From my two years of doing the P90X workout and Insanity I have put on around 15 pounds of muscle while lowering my body fat %. I went from being able to do 2 total pull ups and chin ups in the P90X Legs & Back workout to 82. Besides those numbers where does it really count. I mean who really cares “how much you bench” or “how much can you squat?”
For me it comes on the field of play. With this 15 pounds of extra lean muscle I have been able to put almost 30 yards on my golf drive and went from hitting pop ups around 265 feet to now hitting lasers off the 290 foot sign on my softball league. My legs are much stronger now and making it through a day of snowboarding or skiing is twice as easy as it use to be. I’m a faster runner from these workouts and enjoy playing them much more. These are the results I’m looking for.
I could not really think why anybody who is not a professional athlete, bodybuilder, professional bouncer, a World’s Stongest Man competitor, bulldozer, or anybody over the age of 22 would even want to be all big and bulky. Most of the sports or activities we play over that age are built around who is in the best shape and not who can push around people with their weight. Its more to upkeep, puts more weight on your frame, and its got to be a pain in the ass finding clothes. To each his own.