minervamagdalene asked: Okay, I've seen a lot of bulking up advice and exercises, but I'm in the opposite boat. I'm a trans woman who takes supplemental estrogen and T blockers. I've got a regular cardio regimen, but that's really it. What exercises, routines, or general training strategy would you recommend for someone who wants to increase their endurance and strength WITHOUT bulking up?
I’m going to give you 2 tips on how to build strength and endurance that will keep your body toned without increasing size.
1. Cardiovascular endurance. Increasing your cardiovascular endurance will in turn assist you with building muscular strength and endurance. You can do what is called “sixty one-twenty’s.” Jog at a light pace for 120 seconds, and then sprint as fast as you can for 60 seconds. You will repeat this process 5-10 times, and should eventually notice the 60 second sprint becoming easier as your cardiovascular endurance increases.
2. Muscular strength and endurance. Try implementing a resistance training routine. You can choose 3-4 exercises per muscle group, and split your routine into different muscle groups each day (i.e. back/biceps, chest/triceps/shoulders, legs/abs). You will perform each exercise with light weights and high repetitions (10-15). Gradually increasing the weight about every 2 weeks will build strength. To prevent bulking and increasing the weight to a point where the exercise is too strenuous, switch up your routine every 6-8 weeks.
Combining both cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength and endurance routines into your week will keep you fit and lean!
Hope that helps! Feel free to shoot any other questions my way, or if you need more specific help creating a routine, I’d be happy to help!
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pearlyoffwhites asked: Hi! i'm a member of UCSC's gender-neutral frarority, Theta Pi Sigma and I was wondering if it was ok if I linked your blog to our group so that our trans* identified members could get access to your resource. I like that you have a mix of health and cosmetic tips! It's a much needed resource! :)
Yes, of course! That would be great! I try to keep everything on here gender neutral so that it can benefit the entire trans* community!
I’m also working on a website which I’m hoping to launch soon. Plus, I will be posting videos on here that will include health and fitness tips. I should be posting my first one this upcoming month!
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