Somewhere along the way, lost in all the fitness warnings and myths, strength/ resistance training got a bad rep. Well, I’m here to set the record straight! By adding strength training into your fitness routine you will not, I repeat, you will not turn into a bulky bodybuilder! You will however, target specific muscle groups to tighten and tone your body, and who doesn’t want that!
People are so afraid of a number on the scale, that they may ignore the obvious – amazing changes in their bodies. It’s true, muscle weighs more than fat. But what most people don’t realize is that more calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat.
Strength training will help you shed pounds; in fact, it can actually boost your metabolism by 15%, which can really jumpstart a weight loss program. Strength Training works by applying resistance to strengthen and condition the body, enhancing lean muscle definition and endurance. In doing so, you also get something called the “after-burn” effect.
Adding strength training to your exercise routine will increase the amount of calories burned in your normal daily activity. It is called the after-burn, because your latest gym session could increase your metabolism and aid in calories burned, long after you leave the gym. Think of it as the gift that keeps on giving.
I’m not discounting the weight loss effects of cardio, but a combination of these vigorous exercises will increase energy expended throughout the day and boost your weight loss efforts.
Rather than shying away from a weighted clean squat and press, for fear of the bodybuilder physique, just remember that you will reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently. How’s that for motivation!