Looking to drop body fat in the most efficient and effective way possible? It’s time to hop off the treadmill, drop the 5 lb dumbbells, and begin strength training.
Weights are a girls best friend!
Strength training is going to take your workout and body to the next level. More lean muscle mass equals a higher basal metabolic rate which means you are maximizing your body’s fat burning potential.
If lifting leaves you in the dark about what size weights to use for which exercise, here is a great cheat sheet by Fitsugar.
Reshape Your Body
While cardio may help you drop a couple of pounds, it’s never going to give you the strong, sculpted look you are going for. It is impossible to reshape a body with cardio. Strength training is really going to allow you to focus on specific areas (like booty or arms) and “tone” your overall body.
Burn More Calories
Lifting heavy will increase your basal metabolism which means you burn more calories simply by being alive. You even burn more calories while sleeping. More calories burned means your overall body fat is reduced.
Better Body Mechanics
Lifting heavy will get you better overall coordination, balance, control, and wellness. You will see noticeable changes in strength and agility.
Torch Body Fat
Adding just TWO lifting session per week can reduce body fat by 7%. Remember: light weights don’t sculpt. If you are not tired by your 10th rep then you need to lift heavier. Start increasing your weight by 5 lbs at a time.
Prevent & Manage Disease
14 million Americans are currently living with type 2 diabetes. It has been shown that strength training will help prevent obesity, arthritis, diabetes, and depression as well as balance glucose levels. Strength training is also the perfect way to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure.
Stronger Bones & Muscles
Strength training can not only prevent bone and muscle loss, but it can also reverse it! Lifting weights regularly will increase bone density, which starts to decrease in women after the age of 30.
Get Better Sleep
60% of people who weight train get an average of 7 hours or more of sleep per night. Better sleep means better overall health.
Picking up the weights is a natural antidepressant and works by increasing endorphins. You will get a natural boost of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin (or “feel good” hormones!)
Strength training is the perfect way to gain confidence, self esteem, and independence. You know that furniture you need moved? Now you can do it yourself. Strong girls exude a certain confidence that is intoxicating.
There are 650+ muscles in the human body. By working them all in different ways you can achieve the sexy, sculpted, toned look you are striving for.