When you think of fat burning, you probably think of hitting the treadmill or the bike, or smashing some seriously sweaty classes. These are GREAT for your cardio vascular health, and absolutely contribute to fat burn. however, many of us will walk past the weights rack without giving those dumbbells a second glance. STOP!
Building muscle raises your Resting Metabolic Rate…meaning, your body burns off more energy at rest when you have more muscle.
(each pound of muscle on your body burns 30-60 calories per day JUST SITTING!)
YOU WON’T GET BULKY IF YOU DON’T WANT TO
Where safe, and with correct guidance, lift heavy. Women – you won’t get bulky as you don’t have the testosterone to achieve the ‘bulk’ men do. You want lean definition? Aim for lower reps and heavier weights
When you burn calories in a class or on the treadmill, and that class is finished, the calorie burn is finished. With weight training, your metabolism remains raised AFTER your workout, meaning you are STILL BURNING CALORIES even when those weights have been placed back. #winner
GO FOR TOTAL BODY
Aim to use free weights where you can – engaging as many muscles as you can in one workout will simply give you more bang for your buck. We are all time-poor and have busy lives so you want to get the most out of your gym session. For example, standing shoulder presses involve not only the shoulders, but the core and back stabilising muscles.
If you want guidance and a more tailored resistance-training programme to get lean, strong and fabulous, please get in touch