Muscle is Not a Dirty Word!

Muscle is Not a Dirty Word!

by Chris Young

You can tell a lot about a client from the language they use. When asked what their goals are, I hear words like “tone”, “shape”, “sculpt”, or even “mould”. What is wrong with saying “muscle”? Or even “some muscle” or “a little muscle”?

Men, and especially women are often under the assumption that if they even look at a weight they’ll grow like a weed. They think that within 6 months they might end up looking like one of the ladies pictured below.

The truth is that these ladies have been training, dieting, and taking male hormone drugs for years. I speak from experience here as I have trained with two female bodybuilding champions in my murky past.

The picture below is of Jelena Abbou who competes professionally in the “Fitness” category of bodybuilding; this is a much more accurate depiction of what an extremely dedicated nutrition and training regime followed over several years could achieve. Remember, she is a professional champion bodybuilder and I don’t think she looks overly muscular; do you?

So now, when you express what your goal is, rather than say a little tone, say I want some muscle and understand that 99.99% of the time you won’t even get close to developing too much muscle.

Chris is a British and World Champion Drug Free Powerlifter who has worked in the fitness industry since 1985, he currently runs the gym at the very prestigious Spa at Pennyhill Park ( Along with Powerlifting, Chris has competed nationally in Martial Arts, and has dabbled in Drug Free Bodybuilding. Chris can be contacted through