Seriously, how many times have you heard that? If you ever hear some one say that, you have my permission to give them the mother of all titty-twisters. So silly. Then you should politely explain that a pound of muscle weighs exactly the same as a pound of fat. If they still don’t get it, then you have my permission to slap them. Once we’re all on the same page, it’s obvious that it’s really a question of density- not weight. Muscle is, of course, more dense than fat. So a pound of fat takes up a lot more space than a pound of muscle. So why is it that so many people think that you are going to physically triple in size when you gain muscle mass and lose fat? I don’t understand.
A pound of muscle is approximately the size of baseball. A pound of fat, however, is about three times that size and looks like a giant glob of cottage cheese. So for every pound of fat you replace with muscle….you lose TWO BASEBALLS. That’s pretty amazing. I’m packing at least six or eight baseballs in each butt check so I’m pretty excited about those odds. Jeez, now I wish my scale would read in baseballs instead of pounds. I need to lose 12 baseballs before my next meet on May 14th. Here we go!
In my quest for baseball sloughage, I spent another evening in the gym last night. I set out to squat 10×3 at 185 pounds. Ouch….30 reps at 185. I got through the first seven sets before my form just totally crapped out. I can always tell when I’m not going to make it out of a squat rep. I go about .2 mph on the way down, totally burning out all strength that I might have left. Then I make it back up about 2 inches before complete muscle failure ensues. It’s pretty awesome. Next up I had Sumo RDL’s, Good Mornings, and Reverse Hyper. Considering that I was not feeling super motivated, I decided to make things a bit more interesting. I turned the last three exercises into a giant super set and added 120 jump rope skips at the end of every round to work in a little cardio. Low and behold, the workout went by way faster! It was blissful. I’m debating trying the same thing with my bench workout tonight..yay!