Check this out, people…
Don’t focus on what you’re seeing, but what you’re NOT seeing.
Our house has officially gone GATELESS! Mason’s been going up and down stairs for awhile, but he’s finally proven that he can be completely trusted around open staircases. Hallelujah!
I know this sounds like an incredibly trivial thing to blog about, but trust me, it’s a big deal. Our house suddenly feels so open and clean without those clunky, ugly gates, and the staircases feel SO WIDE.
In other house-related milestones, it’s been 18 months since we first introduced The King of Spit-Up into our home, and I’ve finally figured out how to clean the stains out of our poor couch.
It’s microfiber, and we used to scrub it with carpet cleaner like crazy after Mason would spit up…
Turns out: microfiber and water do NOT get along.
I contacted a few upholstery cleaning companies, and they were all super noncommittal about being able to get the resulting water stains out, so I’d thought it was a lost cause. I was so embarrassed anytime anyone would come over and sit on the couch, to the point where I was seriously on the verge of trashing it. Then, on a whim, I hopped on Google (which I should have done LONG ago)—and low and behold, there’s a simple, genius fix.
What you do: saturate the area with baby wipes, then use a blow drier to quick-dry the area while simultaneously scrubbing it with a dry cloth.
BOOM! It’s a miracle! Our couch looks brand new(ish). And my husband can now stop sweating about the idea of buying a new couch.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten those thrilling updates off my chest, I have a question to throw out there. Let’s call it the…
(Any excuse to play around on PicMonkey…)
Here’s the question:
What kind of strength training makes you look the best?
I know that sounds silly, but let me explain where I’m coming from on this.
I’m studying to become an NASM-certified personal trainer, and NASM—unsurprisingly—is big on working out for sports-related reasons. (It is the National Academy of SPORTS Medicine, after all.)
So their program is designed around goals like strength, endurance, and power. All great goals, but what do I do when someone inevitably says (as I would say): “I just want to look and feel better.” They don’t necessarily care how much they can lift, how long they can hold it up, or how quickly they can react to a ball being thrown at them—the just want to lose fat, build muscle, and have the energy and ability to get through their typical day-to-day tasks.
Generally speaking, I know how to do that. But NASM’s templates require you to pick from their sports-focused goal set. The resulting workouts look very different depending on which route you choose. Hmm…
Training for strength usually involves lower reps and higher weights, while training for endurance involves higher reps and lower weights. Our muscles will react and learn from exactly what they’re exposed to, and that’s pretty much it. So if you focus on training for strength, you will gain strength, but not much endurance. If you focus on endurance, you will gain endurance, but not much strength.
I guess I should add that I’m specifically thinking about women here. My husband, Brent, lifts for strength, but doesn’t really care much about endurance. He could probably bench press my body, while I’m holding Mason and a couple gallons of paint, but he’d be toast on that tree pose arm series I showed you yesterday. I feel like that’s pretty typical for a lot of men. (Case in point.) Meanwhile, I’m pretty into endurance training, but haven’t tried to actually max out on a bench press since high school (and don’t have any plans to).
(PS: It’s not that I shy away from heavy weights—I know they won’t make me bulky and manish. I just enjoy body weight training.)
So I guess my slightly expanded question is: If strength and endurance training are so different, and lead to different muscles, which look better on women? If all you care about is looking good (I mean, let’s just be real for a second) and being effective in your day-to-day activities (like carrying groceries and kids), which gets you the best results?
Does anyone have any insight on this?
My Googlings thus far have not been very helpful.
Hope you’re having a great Tuesday!