While I was browsing the internet the other day, I came across a quote from Jessica Biel. But, before I get to the quote let me just say that I know a lot of women who would do anything to look just like Jessical Biel and I am definitely one of them. Unfortunately, there are also a lot more women who would rather look like Jessica Alba. Don’t get me wrong, Jessica Alba is hot, relative to other people’s standards, but I really would appreciate seeing more muscles on her and other women celebrities in Hollywood.
Getting back to Jessica Biel…My very first exposure to Jessica was from her stint as Mary Camden on “Seventh Heaven.” Then, I saw her a little later on in movies like “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “Summer Catch.” But, my favorite bad ass role for her is on “Blade Trinity.” I felt that this “vampire slayer” role really fit her personality and physique. To me, she is the vision of a perfect fitness role model and so I got excited when I read this quote from her:
“There is so much pressure to look a certain way in this town (Hollywood – obviously). But it`s nice to have a little meat on you, and I hope I inspire women to appreciate their muscular calves.”
Jessica was really right on point on this quote. I’ve embraced my nice, muscular calves a long time ago. Even more so, I’ve come to appreciate the sexiness of muscles on my arms, abs, thighs, etc. I only wish that other women out there would follow suit and think the same way.
While many authors or bloggers have written about muscles on women (or lack thereof), I feel that it is also my job as a fitness blogger to join in on the conversation regarding this topic because there are a lot of benefits that can be obtained from gaining muscle. Here are a few:
- Reduced risk to Osteoporosis and injuries due to increased bone mass – bigger muscles mean thicker bones. Your bones need to increase their size relative to the size of your muscles in order for them to support your frame.
- Muscles burn more calories – this benefit has been drilled into our heads over and over again yet it is worth mentioning again. While your muscles may burn only about a third more calories when compared to fat, this increased calorie expenditure accumulates over time. Gaining more muscle will help us increase our metabolism and reverse the slower metabolism that we get as a result of aging.
- Muscles take up less space – let’s face it, muscle is just less dense compared to fat. For instance, back in high school, I used to wear size 7 clothes when I was at 120 lbs. But, when I lost weight after college and dropped down to 119 pounds, I was (and still am) wearing size 5 clothes! This means that I have more lean mass today compared to my high school weight even though I am at about the same weight. To give you a better idea of this, below is a picture of 1 pound of fat vs. 1 pound of muscle.
- Muscles are sexy! – enough said.
Ok, so now you know the many benefits of muscle and strength training. Should you be working out like Jessica Biel then? I wish I can give you a sample of Jessica Biels’s workout but knowing what I know about physical training, it probably won’t be any different than what I would give you as a personal trainer.
Keep in mind that just because there are celebrity personal trainers out there, it doesn’t mean that they have a special formula as well. If anything, the celebrities might have an advantage for having the money to pay for their training and nutrition programs. But, with the recent popularity of bootcamps and online programs, it has become easier than ever to find a good workout program that suits your personality and your budget.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start pumping iron now!