If you follow me on any of my socials, you know that I just started a new exciting training program! So many of you have been asking about what it is, where to find it, and why I'm doing it that I decided to put together a little post for you with all the deets. Hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you join in on the fun!
WHAT IT IS
The Bigness Project is a hypertrophy training program designed by Kourtney Thomas and Jen Sinkler that they released for a short period earlier this year (and will rerelease again very soon!). Hypertrophy training is basically any training designed to increase muscle size, and is often used to manipulate the shape and size of one's body. Think bodybuilder, bro-sesh, bicep curls, and globo-gym style weight training.
It's the thing that CrossFit is the unofficial counter-program of, trading the single joint, small range of motion movements designed solely for size/aesthetics, for functional, compound movements designed for overall physical fitness. So is it a little bit of a departure from CrossFit? You betchya. Will it ultimately help my CrossFit performance and strength? Hells to the yes! Even though the purpose of this program is aesthetics, at the end of the day, muscle is muscle, and adding more of it will only make me stronger.
Kourtney designed this program specifically for women who are interested in building muscle and looking and feeling strong. The program is 14 weeks long, offering periods of ramping up, higher volume, lower volume, and a deload week. Some phases will have you training 4x week, and some phases go up to 5.
I am continuing to train CrossFit simultaneously and am still working out the balance with this but hope to find a rhythm soon!
WHY I'M DOING IT
Firstly, coming out of the CrossFit Open every year I always feel a little lost, like, ok, what now? After all that focused effort I usually need another project or goal to work on or towards, and this program caught my eye BIG time when it was first released a few months back. It seemed like the perfect amount of NEW and FUN, while also being something that would almost certainly deliver results. I want some big muscles!
Also, raw strength has never been my real forte, so I'm looking forward to seeing improvements not only in my strength but in my balance. I have scoliosis, so my body is all sorts of funky, twisted, and unbalanced, and I can't help but feel like all these slow and controlled movements will help.
Lastly, why not? The concept of building muscles just for decoration seems like a pretty fun one to me, and I'm curious and excited to see how this all plays out!
And while I love that the pendulum of society has swung in the "focus on what your body can do and not what it looks like" direction, I sometimes see it taken WAY too far, so much as to suggest that if you have any aesthetic goal for yourself at all, you're obviously not accepting or loving your current self. I could not disagree with this more, and while I feel like this concept is blog post/rant unto itself, I will say this: you are allowed to have ANY goal you want for your own self, and just because it might be for "vanity" or "decoration" does not mean it's invalid or you do not love yourself enough. K? Having goals for yourself and loving yourself are not mutually exclusive.
Note: I will update this post again as I move through to keep you up to speed!
WHAT I LOVE SO FAR
The mind-muscle connection is a new one for me and I'm digging it. These movements are NOT about speed (unlike CrossFit), but instead about control, connection, and burn. Tempo is the name of the game here, with slowww, eccentric movements, with reps consistently in the 10-12 range. The weights aren't particularly heavy either, but man alive do they get SPICY when done right!
And what's not to love about learning something new? A lot of these moves are ones that I've never, ever done (weighted calf raises, anyone?) but I'm loving the learning process!
MORE INFORMATION ON THE BIGNESS PROJECT
Want to join me and get yuge?! Here's some places to learn more about the program and purchase it for yourself!
Word on the street is that this program will be available for purchase again VERY soon, from May 2nd to 5th!
Check out the hashtag #bignessproject on Instagram!
I am doing the program with my friend Kristin of The Girl With the Butter (#bicoastalbigness), and we spoke about it a bit in her latest podcast episode, where we also recap the Girls Gone Strong Women's Strength and Empowerment Weekend in Seattle. (I will share the link here when it goes live later this week!)
P.S. Stay tuned for my amazing interview with Jen Sinkler, coming very soon!