LOISLANE33, that's a commonly believed misconception that is unfortunately untrue. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
"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.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 7/31/2013 (19:06)
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