Sometimes people come to me with ludicrous body comp goals and they can’t grasp that their goal is unquestionably unattainable inside the time frame they have in mind.
This isn’t their fault. It is the Media’s fault for displaying photo-shopped images of body builders who have prepped for months for a single photo shoot usually following extreme diet and dehydration protocols. Look like this in 18.6 Days!!!!
Not gonna happen even with some very hardcore supplementation.
Yes, there are people out there who are really naturally jacked and tan. But, I know plenty of people who look good in board shorts or a bikini who are ridiculously unhealthy.
Maybe their body just runs hotter. Maybe they are genetically more sensitive to thyroid hormone or sex hormones. Maybe they have an eating disorder you don’t know about.
Maybe they have self-image and self-esteem issues that they cover up with deadlifts and hill sprints. Hell, maybe they have a tape worm.
What we do in the functional medicine space is put the wheels back on the car so clients can potentially gain muscle and get leaner through health.
I will not advocate extreme caloric restriction and/or insane amounts of exercise because that is not maintainable long term or even healthy.
I will advocate finding the right amount of food for you and the right amount and type of exercise to get you up to that next step and then the next and the next.
Some people are not ready for a ton of exercise physiologically or from a movement quality point of view. They need time to master or at least comprehend the fundamentals.
This is not to say that they will not gain lean body mass during an initial training protocol with a qualified and experienced trainer.
This is also not to say that bicep curls are not a functional exercise for someone who wants to look good in da club or has aspirations of becoming a professional body builder.
But, no matter how many body building exercises you add in for client who has been sedentary and eating Ho Hos they certainly won’t look like a John Cena or an NPC bikini model (I think that’s a thing) after an initial 12 week protocol.