Benefits of Weight Training
At CD Fitness you may notice that we like to do a lot of weight training with our clients, here’s why…?
Many people think that if you want to lose fat, you should do more cardio, and that if you want to build muscle, you should lift weights. But it’s not that simple. You can use weight training to lose fat, and in some ways it’s actually better than cardio. Falling for the common misconception that you need to do cardio to lose weight is one of the biggest mistakes you could make and could hinder your progress.
Weight training increases short-term calorie burn. The first reason we are going to give weight training a point in the fat-loss war against cardio is due to the calorie burn after the workout is completed. Studies have demonstrated that after a weight-training workout, metabolism can be boosted for up to 38 hours post-workout. This means that rather than burning, say, 60 calories an hour while sitting and watching TV, you’re burning 70. While you may not think that 10 extra calories is a big deal, when you multiply this by 38 hours, you can see what a huge difference it can make in your daily calorie expenditure.
Weight training and total body reshaping. Another big benefit that weight training has over cardio training is that it will allow you to completely reshape your body. Cardio training will generally help you lose weight, however, this weight loss is typically a combination of fat and muscle, so what you’re left with is a smaller version of your current self. When you are performing resistance training, then you stand a better chance of losing strictly body fat, while helping to enhance the natural curves of your body.
Weight training for women- One thing that should be mentioned at this point is that many women will shy away from lifting weights, particularly more than 5-10 pounds, simply because they believe doing so will cause them to develop large amounts of muscle. This is an unfortunate misconception because females do not have high enough testosterone levels naturally to develop the same amount of musculature as males.
What lifting heavy weights will do—for men and women—is raise the metabolic rate, promote greater fat burning, and help give more definition when the body fat comes off.
It’s time to break free from the thinking that cardio equates to fat loss and weight training equates to building muscle and weight gain. It’s simply not as clear cut as that. While doing cardio can help your fat-loss goals, in a lot of ways weight training is more effective and will also give you a more toned body shape.
While lifting weights can help you build muscle mass, that muscle mass will in turn help you lose fat mass. And if you just want to lose fat and don’t want to get hugely muscular, don’t worry, that takes a lot of concentrated effort and won’t happen just by showing up to the weight room a few times a week.
If losing fat is your goal, lifting weights can only help you, so make it a priority.