"Myth #5: Certain forms of exercise build long, lean muscles.
The Truth: Many forms of exercise claim to lengthen the muscles or develop "lean" muscles, not bulky ones. But here's a truth that may be shocking to some: To put it another way, no form of exercise makes muscles "longer" because your muscles do notóand will notórespond to exercise by getting longer. It's just not how they work. Muscles are a certain length because they attach to your bones. A wide variety of movements and exercises can help you strengthen your muscles without necessarily making them bigger. In fact, you can develop a lot of muscular strength without your muscles ever increasing in size (girth).
That said, exercises such as yoga, Pilates, dance and barre classes can help to increase your flexibility (improving your range of motion at certain joints) and your posture, which can give you the illusion of feeling and looking longer or taller. But lengthening? Not possible. Claims like these are just trying to appeal to people who fear bulking up."
Dancers and swimmers look like they do because they are genetically inclined to do so. :) The vast majority of women can't "bulk up" with traditional strength training. They don't have enough testosterone! (Heck, even most *men* can't!) I guarantee you that Olympic runners absolutely strength train to build muscle for their cardio.
There's nothing wrong with barre workouts, if you enjoy them (they're a great workout!), but they do not provide different benefits traditional weights do not.
I've worn my heart rate monitor to track how many calories I burned and the most are 250. Not much of a calorie burner, but it is great for sculpting.
I'm also one that believes that heavy weight training wont bulk you up and I know that A LOT of barre workouts say you get long lean muscles. I just think if its what you like to do and its giving you the results then go for it. There are many different kinds of workouts and what may work for one person may not work for another. I've read where people have bulked doing barre workouts and heavy weights works for them. I'm just glad that I found workouts that I love to do and don't have any dread doing. That is what works for me.
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You can get a long, lean look doing ballet, running, yoga, Pilates or swimming, as opposed to bulking up with weight training. Muscles are the length that they are however your workout will affect how they look.I used to train with a boxing coach and I've trained with a traditional trainer. There is a reason why dancers and swimmers look the way they do. It's a different type of resistence to get a different look.
But can anyone tell me how many calories are burned doing Fluidity? I only care to be able to enter it into the exercise tracker. My clothes are evidence enough that it's working.
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You can track any workout class, DVD, game, or video using this expert answer:
I know this is an old post, but to clarify, no workout will give you "long, lean muscles" - your muscles are the length they are. ;) I've heard this is a great workout, but it won't give you a different kind of result compared to traditional strength training.
Love mine! I've bought it since it first came out and it goes well with so many barre workouts. I agree with the person that said that it needs to have a permanent spot. It is really heavy. I just have mine up in my workout room all the time.
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I think it should be whatever works for an individual. If you can handle it do it everyday like myself. If not do it as often as it makes you comfortable. I step on the scale everyday and it determines my diet and exercise for that day. If I am up, I cut back a little. If it have not moved in a while I adjust my program.
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I LOVE my Fluidity. I was doing The Firm (another great workout system) and Tracy Anderson Metamorphosis (the best workout you'll ever hate--it really beats the pants off you . . . AND the inches), but I have a labral tear and was in physical therapy for 4 months to strengthen core, legs and hips so I have to say bye-bye to those workouts. For now. I find that Fluidity helps me greatly in that the moves are smooth, small and really do strengthen your core and supporting muscles.
One question though: does anyone know around how many calories a 30 minute workout burns? I know it works because I can see the results, but I don't know how to log it into the fitness tracker on this site with regard to cal burn. Thanks.
Edited by: LOISLANE33 at: 7/29/2013 (08:53)
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I bought one a few years ago. It has some nice features. If money is an issue, ballet and yoga DVD's are probably as effective. Be aware that the fluidity bar ideally needs a permanent spot in your home. It weighs 90 lbs. It's true that you can fold it up but it still measures about 43" wide, 26" high and 24" deep. All that's really folded is the attached exercise mat. It takes two people to adjust the bar to different heights. HSN sells it for less than the infomercial. I bought it when it was the Today's Special. Here's the link:
I purchased it recently but this is my second go round with it. I had one many years but didn't use it because I was primarily into my elliptical workout so I ended up selling it. I purchased it again after a co-worker raved about it. Now I have a lot of foot problems that prevent me from doing traditional workouts. I am paying about $35 or so every month for 12 months for mine. I ordered it directly from their website.
If anyone out there is using or has used the Fluidity Fitness system, please share your story with me. I am on the fence about it because of the price, but really want to try it. I have recently had an accident at work and my back is now a problem. This system appeals to me to build those long lean muscles without a lot of impact and the fact that I can fold it up is handy too. If you have anything to share, please do I need to get back on track!! THANKS! :)
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