I have had a few conversations recently with clients about the importance of resistance training. It often gets overlooked in favour of it’s sweatier counterpart, cardio, as that’s what we were always told to do to lose weight, right? In fact, you could be missing a trick by walking past the weights section as it turns out there’s much more to gain than bulging biceps…
Muscle is your metabolic engine. The more we have, the higher our resting metabolic rate. You will literally burn more calories IN YOUR SLEEP. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat so please don’t get fixated on your scales weight, as they don’t know the difference between fat and muscle.
When we train cardio, our calorie burn is increased whilst we’re doing it, but when we train with weights, our calorie burn may not be as high during the session, but your metabolic rate will remain elevated hours after, as your body torches the calories as it repairs and strengthens your muscles. This sometimes referred to as the ‘after-burn’. Did someone say, ‘post workout pizza’?
If you step away from the machines and focus on functional movements when strength training, not only will you be training the big guys you can see (pecs, quads, biceps etc) but unbeknownst to you, the little guys in your core will also be firing up to keep you balanced and stable. Think of it as a no-crunch ab workout. You’re welcome.
Think of your muscles as the scaffolding surrounding your skeleton. As well as moving your bones, your muscles also protect your joints. The stronger your muscles, the less vulnerable you are to injury. Simples. This leads nicely on to…
As we age (especially us females, sorry ladies), our bones lose density and become more susceptible to breaks. Any weight-bearing exercise can help maintain bone density. Aerobics-style classes and walking are great, and exercises such as squats, lunges and step-ups with added weight can increase bone density in the legs and hips. Not just for those of the older persuasion, bone density is at its highest between the ages of 20 and 30 so invest in the future, kids and do your squats.
We all know by now that strength training is good, right? It’s great for boosting metabolism, maintaining a strong core and increasing bone density, amongst a vast multitude of other benefits. We will always be strong advocates of weight training for these reasons but we do get some people coming through our door who started ...Reading Time: 2 minutes >
We all know by now that strength training is good, right? It’s great for boosting metabolism, maintaining a strong core and increasing bone density, amongst many other reasons. We do, however, get some people coming through our door who started with all the right intentions but ended up doing more harm than good though lifting ...Reading Time: 2 minutes >
We all know the adage ‘No pain, no gain’. But pain or discomfort when you’re exercising could, in fact, be your body’s way of telling you that something is up, and now’s not the time to be pushing through it. There is, of course, the ‘good pain’ – if there can be such a thing ...Reading Time: 2 minutes >