Do you have your mind set on fat loss and want to strictly do cardio?
This will show you why strength conditioning must be a part of your workout plan.
Trying to lose weight? We’ve all been there. It can, at times, feel like a painful slog, right? Well, what if there was a weight loss program out there that allowed you to lose weight, and offer you a different workout pattern than just sweating yourself stupid on a cross trainer, or forcing your way through a spinning class? I bet you would be pretty interested in that right? Then let’s take a closer look at how strength conditioning can play a key role in an effective weight loss regime.
Incorporate Strength Conditioning into your Workout for Weight Loss Success
When you think of strength training, you are probably thinking of the large, muscled up wrestlers you see on TV, or football players, whose bulging biceps are larger than your thighs. Well, yes, those guys clearly hit the gym iron, hard. However, strength conditioning is not always about building bulk. There are proven weight training techniques that will help tone your body, and sculpt a physique you can be proud of. But how does that work? How can muscle help you lose weight?
Muscle Is Active Tissue
Every gram of muscle on your body burns calories. It’s true. The more muscle you have on your frame, the more calories you will burn in a day, even if you just sit on the couch and read, or watch TV. This is called your metabolic rate, and it is a key component to understanding weight loss and management. The higher your metabolic rate, the more calories you will burn. The more you burn the more weight you lose. If you strip away the science, weight loss is that simple to explain. So when you use strength training as part of your workout plan, what you are actually doing is working your body on two levels.
Strength Training keeps Burning Calories After the Workout Is Done
When you are in the gym, you hit the cardio machines, for a while, and then move onto the weights. This stresses your muscles and gets them working. What really happens when you life weight is you tear your muscle fibers apart. That ‘damage’ is the muscle pain you will learn to love. Bigger muscles develop because those tears repair thicker and stronger. This is why muscles grow, and why you can start lifting heavier and heavier weights, or the same weight for more repetitions. This also means that away from the gym, for the days after a workout even, your body is burning calories at an additionally accelerated weight, because it is working to repair your muscles.
No More Rabbit Food for You
When you start to incorporate strength conditioning into your workouts, you are increasing your body’s demand for calories. You are not just burning them through sweating your ass off on a treadmill. You are making your body work, and in order to recover from these workouts, you need to keep it fuelled. I’m not saying that you won’t ever have to touch a salad leaf again, or can veg out on chips and soda every day, but it is possible to work out with weights, eat a normal diet, and still lose weight.
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Author: Chris Friesen
Chris Friesen is a gym owner, personal trainer, online fitness coach and former “fat dad” living on 60 beautiful acres of countryside in rural Canada.
He specializes in helping busy parents shed body fat quickly, WITHOUT becoming gym rats OR giving up the foods they love to eat.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, sitting in his hot tub out in the snow with a glass of bourbon, and yelling at his (many) misbehaving barn cats.