Yes, yes and YES! Nothing has changed my body like strength training has even though my weight hasn't changed for over two years. Trust me, there's nothing to be afraid of with strength training--your body will thank you!
What are your recommendations for people with hip issues that deal with pain and it increases with strength/weight training? I have hip dysplasia, just recently had surgery, and I am still in the recovery process. I want to do strength training again, but I want to avoid the "pain". I do know the difference in soreness and pain. I love soreness. Hate pain.
3/18/2014 12:53:11 PM
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12/3/2013 7:38:57 AM
That one about "I'm afraid of bulking up" always makes me smile. If people knew how much work it can take some of us just to achieve some attractive muscle definition, they'd stop worrying about turning into The Hulk.
I love weight-training. I try to go to the fitness center 3-4 times a week to use the machines there. I'm especially fond of compound exercises, like squats and dead-lifts, which target several large muscle groups at one time--saving effort and time.
I think weight-training is just as important (if not more so) as cardio when it comes to weight loss. I usually switch back and forth between two machines without rest, to keep the heart rate up and still sweat as if I was just on the elliptical.
Also, building muscle burns more calories in the long run, even on days when you are just sitting around. 1 pound of fat burns 3 calories per hour, one pound of muscle burns 75 calories per hour...at least that's what I learned in my weight-training class ;)
Great article! I was a total cardio junkie until I met my now husband and we started lifting together. I love it and now work both in. I had that "I don't want to get too bulky" mentality at first, but now I want those defined muscles (but not in a weight-lifter type of way). Strong is sexy!
Felt great working with dumbells this weekend. I also used some of the machines at the gym for strength on my legs. The problem is, and I know here I go with a excuse... I don't find the time during the week! :( I love feeling sore though. Good article.
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