As a trainer, I field one top question almost daily… “Which is more important, weight training or cardio work or diet?”
The quick answer is that they are all important, and vital, and they all compliment each other. So, in my next three blogs, I'm going to talk about why each is key to a great workout and health plan. Knowledge is power!
Let’s start with weight training which is a weekly part of my workout routine because I love the feeling of strength in my body. As a whole, weight training has many positive effects on your body. It can enhance your hormones, your heart, your bone density, and it helps you stand tall through your life.
For those of you who are brand new to weight training, I suggest adding it in two times a week to start. There are many different websites that help with basic weight programs and I prefer shape.com to find the latest news and techniques.
On the other side, if you are a weight training veteran and have hit a plateau, I suggest you mix it up a bit. Sprinkle in someIsometrics (held contractions of a particular muscle or group of muscles) and Plyometrics (exercises designed to increase speed, power, and explosiveness in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time.)
Here are a few reasons weight training should be a main part of your routine…
At rest, muscle burns more calories than fat. The more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn.
Lifting weights doesn't only build muscle, it also helps build the ligaments and tendons that support your muscles.
You'll handle stress better.
You'll build stronger bones.
You'll get into shape faster.
Your heart will be healthier.
What actually happens during weight lifting?
During your workout, you stretch your muscles and tear down the small fibers in the muscles at the same time. These fibers are called filaments and they act as calorie burning machines. After your workout, the body produces thousands of filaments to help repair your muscles. Now, here is the interesting part, muscle is not built when you are lifting, it is built during the days you rest and recover!
Want to get in shape faster and more efficiently? Add weight training to your workout schedule and start enjoying the benefits almost immediately. Next week… we will talk about cardio. Good luck!