Okay, this is probably a stupid question. I feel kind of stupid just asking it, so I expect some flak. However, it’s in my head and bugging me, so yeah.
How do you avoid getting ‘to big?’ What I mean by that is…lets say you have a specific way of how you want to look. Like I want my chest to be x inches. Or my forearms to be x. Etc. You don’t want to be a bodybuilder, just look awesome naked. And you achieve those goals after x amount of time of training.
But you’re young. And you want to keep training throughout your life, but don’t want to be packing on muscle for the next 20 years and just keep getting bigger (I know it doesn’t work quite like that, but I think most people will get what I mean). How do you continue heavy lifting and the like without adding more size? God, I feel stupid just asking…but it wont leave my head til I get it out…
Another another, similar note. Let’s say you’ve been working up to your specific size goals, or maybe even have met them, but feel it would be beneficial to your overall health to spend a couple months working on say your energy system or you want to try out a sport, amateur boxing, rock climbing (though the worry in this question may be good for this one…) or whatever and want to invest the bulk of your training into this activity.
How do you stop or minimize size loss while going after a specific, unrelated goal? Let’s say you’re focusing cardiovascular improvement and your training is heavily made up of complexes, sprints, etc. You’re using much less weight than your size/strength workouts…how do you keep that muscle mass that your body no longer needs? Or do you just kind of have to deal with losing some overall size for a couple months then return to heavy training and earn it back?