Beginners: Weight Training
- Date: 08/04/2019
- By: Nicole Cawkwell
First things first, life is much easier when you are STRONG! Carrying shopping from the car? One trip. Carrying the children? Not a problem. Car broken down? Push it with ease.
Whether you are 2 stone off your goal or 9Ilbs, weight training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle also.
Weight training can help increase your metabolism by speeding up your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). This is because it takes your body more calories to maintain muscle than it does to maintain fat. Estimates are that for every 1 lb of muscle you gain, your RMR goes up 30-50 calories!
If you’re looking for a workout in which you get the biggest change, weight training is it. Weight training increases bone density, builds a stronger heart, reduces your resting blood pressure, improves blood flow, halts muscle loss, helps control blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, and improves your balance and coordination.
Studies have shown that strength training actually increases the endurance of your muscles.
In fact, resistance exercises not only help to tone up an out of shape nervous system and increase the activation of motor units within your muscles, but also helps increase their overall endurance.
If you’re worried about overall size, remember: there are many types of strength training, and size and strength don’t always go hand in hand. We’ll get into more detail on this in a minute.
I don’t want to get bulkyTrainers hear this way too often
The images of “bulky” women that you are conjuring up are from bodybuilding magazines. This is one of the biggest myth surrounding strength training. That “bulky” look in women does not happen by mistake or overnight – we simply do not have the hormones necessary to get there on our own.
To achieve this look, women have to eat incredible amounts of food and consume incredible amounts of performance enhancing drugs. When we strength train normally, without these supplements, we end up looking like athletes
What Workouts Should I Do?
As a beginner, you don’t need to do any complicated workouts. They should be simple and slow exercises which can be done at the gym or even at home! We’ve added a quick 15 minute video above which demonstrates some of the simple exercises which you can do.
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