I have a question for some of the physiogeeks around here.
For the past couple months I’ve been training at a boxing gym. There are quite a few female boxers there who are very serious about the sport and pretty much train all day every day. They all have amazingly muscular bodies, sort of like slightly stockier, less sculpted off-season figure competitors. This seems contrary to most of the advice I’ve seen about muscle building. That is, they all eat in a caloric deficit (to make weight class).
They train for hours and hours every day, pretty much always keeping their heart rate up, and always training the same muscle groups daily without allowing time for recovery. Everything is light weight/high rep (though they do reach failure). They do a ton of cardio. Yet, they’re ripped. Is there an explanation for this?
Do you know for sure that they all started out with a lot less muscle than they carry now?
Because if they were stockier to begin with, and have now leaned out, that would be totally predicted by the diet and training you describe.
But in any case, there are many ways to build muscle and improve body comp, but even if they get results training in this way, it is NOT efficient because they are training all day. Few people are going to train all day to build some muscle and get leaner. If others can train 4-6 hours a week and get bigger and leaner than that, which way do you think is more efficient?
Think about it. What if an author were to publish this training and diet method, promising that it will make you somewhat more muscular and somewhat leaner than average, while training all day long every day? NOT a good selling point, if you see what I mean. The cost/benefit for body comp sucks.