The truth about lifting weights

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Do you want to hit a number on the scales, or do you want to be leaner, more athletic, and able to fit into your clothes better? Starting to lift weights will change the way you look, you will have shape and definition!

The more muscles you have to contract, the more calories you can burn. Weight training workouts will increase the release of hormones that aid in reducing body fat. Starting to lift weights will help you hold on to your muscle tissue while you lose fat.

You may burn more calories during your run or spin class than you would lifting weights for an hour, but a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who did weight training burned an average of 100 more calories during the 24 hours after their training session ended. How? When you increase your muscle mass through weight training, you boost your resting metabolism and that makes your body burn more calories even when you are sitting down at work!! Bonus!

It’s a myth that lifting weights will make you HUGE.

A note for Females – Lifting weights will get you LEAN not make you bigger

The only way that women will get huge muscles is if they do one of 3 things:

1. take steroids

2. take HGH, testosterone, or other hormones

3. eat huge amounts of calories from unhealthy food

Benefits of Weight Training

  • Reduces fat and gives you a lean defined look
  • You will get an instant release of “feel good” hormones called endorphins.
  • After weights, you continue to consume additional oxygen in the hours that follow. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption, or EPOC. When your body uses more oxygen, it requires more caloric expenditure and an increased metabolic rate.
  • Having more muscle means you’re stronger and fitter, which means better functional performance in everyday life.
  • It strengthens your bones. Regular weight lifting increases bone density, which reduces the risk of fracture and osteoporosis.
  • It can lower blood pressure which helps reduce coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other heart conditions.
  • More muscle = higher resting metabolism.
  • Improves your sleep quality

It’s time to get into weight training, your body and mind will love it. Don’t be afraid of going heavy. If you feel like the fusion workouts with dumbbells are getting easier then move up to intermediate or advanced or make the dumbbells heavier.

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