When it comes to losing weight, we’ve seen many of our clients dedicate the bulk of their gym time to cardiovascular exercise while often neglecting strength training. Maybe you feel that you don’t have the time to do your cardio and fit in strength training, maybe you avoid strength training because you don’t want to “bulk up” your muscles, or maybe you think that strength training won’t help you lose weight since it isn’t helping you to sweat off calories? Well, we’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Strength training is essential to losing weight, so if you’re serious about getting in shape, you’ll need to add it to your fitness routine. Learn how it helps you lose pounds.
The Benefits of Strength Training For Weight Loss
While it may seem like strength training would actually increase your weight by increasing your muscle mass, it turns out that strength training is pivotal for the opposite — weight loss. Here’s how:
- Weight lifting helps you burn more calories while you’re resting – When you’re running on the treadmill, you’re burning calories. But once you stop, your body stops burning those calories. When you lift weights, however, your body continues to burn calories for hours after you work out.
- Muscle slims you – Muscle is leaner and firmer than fat. As you add muscle mass, your shape will change and become leaner. If you’re looking to lose, weight loss can help you shed up to 40 percent more fat, researchers found.
- Strength training boosts your metabolism – You probably know that your metabolism plays a huge role in weight loss by burning calories. The higher your metabolism, the faster you burn through calories and the more weight you can lose.* Muscles burn more calories per pound than fat does. So the more muscle mass you can build up through strength training, the higher your metabolism will operate and the more weight you’ll lose.
- Strength training diversifies your workout – If you’re a gym bunny, you probably battle workout fatigue sometimes. Since strength training can get your heart rate up higher than running at 60 percent of your max heart rate, it makes a good complement to your cardio goals and helps you shed fat. Next time you get bored of your workout routine, why not give weight lifting a try?
Whenever adjusting your exercise routine or trying new things, it’s important to do so responsibly to minimize your risk of injury. To ensure that you are using proper form when lifting weights and to get helpful pointers on getting the most from a new strength training routine, talk to one of our staff trainers today. We’ll show you everything you need to lift confidently, stay safe, and achieve your fitness goals.
* as long as you’re burning more calories than you’re eating