It sounds like they want you to concentrate on building muscle and burning fat at the same time since you are already a healthy weight and shouldn't lose any more. You can build muscle and burn fat at the same time but scale weight should remain relatively the same. I imagine you will be eating at TDEE or only slightly below TDEE. This will get you lean.
They want you to cut back on cardio because excessive cardio can interrupt muscle repair (building) as well as burn calories required to build muscle. It is *difficult* to do both at the same time because building muscle usually requires a calorie surplus and burning fat requires a calorie deficit. However, beginners to ST can bank on beginner gains and have the added advantage of being able to do both simultaneously IF they get enough calories. You'll probably be advised to do 30 mins of HIIT 3x a week. You can do this with running.
Your muscles retain fluid (glycogen stores) to prepare for you next workout, this fluid gain will mask any fat loss on the scale for the first month or so. It's *fluid gain* not fat gain so don't worry about it. In fact, it'd be in your best interest to not put any stake in scale weight and instead go by body fat % to measure your progress. Muscle is denser than fat. So if you are gaining muscle, even if scale weight is going up, it takes up less room than fat. So you will *look* leaner. I gained 13 lbs in the last couple months and went from 107 lbs to 120 lbs at 5'2. I *still* wear a size 1. My clothes fit exactly the same as they did when I was 107 lbs.
Honestly, sounds like your trainer knows what they're doing and plans on working on your body fat percentage so you look lean at a healthy weight.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/17/2013 (18:40)
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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