Anonymous said: What's so tough about being an ectomorph with gaining muscle?
Well, we have to eat more calories than our body can burn in order to gain. Simple right? Problem is, many of us have very fast metabolisms. I can eat an entire pizza by myself and not gain any weight. It’s hard to gain muscle at times due to the amount we need to consume in order to grow.
I wish I had this problem
"Lifting weights is inherently empowering, as it’s the first kind of exercise I’ve ever done with the goal of actually getting more powerful. But, what’s interesting is that lifting is the only kind of exercise I’ve ever done where the goal isn’t, in some way or another, tied to actually becoming less powerful. As women, we view exercise as a way to lose weight, or to maintain it. Which is to say, as a way to shrink, or to stay small. Not to say that vanity is necessarily any less of a motivation for women who lift weights than it is for women who spend hours on the elliptical, but there’s a difference between exercising to look strong and exercising to look small. Treating exercise as a means to be more, as opposed to viewing it as a never-ending struggle to be less, is absolutely a game changer. Also, being able to lift really heavy shit off the ground, onto your shoulders, and over your head is really, really fun."
— Christine, Buzzfeed (via missdeejers)
"What do you feel is key to being successful in the squat?
-In every rep, you must duplicate your form. It must become automatic and the form must be perfect. For me it is actually painful to squat 225 with perfect form because it is so light, but you have to make every rep the same. Don’t be sloppy with something and then think ‘I’ll tighten up my form once the weight gets heavy.’ Every rep is a chance to practice perfect form."
— Kirk Karwoski in Tim Henriques’ All About Powerlifting (via thoughtsandsquats)