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7 Strength Training Excuses: Busted!
Get Over the Excuses to Get Stronger
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.
I am so excited that I started a really serious business of weight-training in my gym this week. The coach gave me an alternating 3days/wk program to follow. I believe that this will help to shape me faster and easier than non-weight bearing exercises. Plus, the challenge keeps you looking forward. LUCk for every one
From experience strength training mixed with bursts of cardio really works the body and burns fat. 2hrs 3xs a week will help lose weight. My personal trainer suggested 5hrs a week. I have been doing more then 3xs a week at the gym but from looking at my daily logs I am doing way to much. Next week I will start with 3xs a week at the gym for 2hrs doing strength with bursts of cardio, and 3xs a week I will do 30 mins. of Pilates to help stretch out those muscles I just worked out. I also will start walking/jogging and running in the early mornings to get my cardio in. I go to school full time and I don't so I can do this. I made my schedule like if I were working now so I can build a habbit for my body. So if I worked full time and with going to school full time. I can still do all this. The key is creating a balance between my calories consumption and calorie burn. I don't want my body to feel like it is starving. I will listen to my body. The first month I started working out was tough well more irritating. I would crave meat a lot and I though well its protein, one day I got really fatigued and it dawned on me Iron. I started taking a daily multi vitamin and I don't feel that way anymore. Make sure you eat enough, sleep well, and drink plenty plenty and plenty of water. Right now I have a problem with consuming too much salt. I don't swell or anything like that but from my food logs point of view I need to cut back, but it also says that salt is key for working out. When I work out for 2hrs I do sweat a lot. Plus I don't have any health problems like high blood pressure its always in a good range. So I shouldn't worry. Too much salt will make you look like you gained weight if you are not sweating it out.
My 18 year old daughter is very big boned and muscular naturally, but she also has extra fat to lose, and I'm not sure what the best routine would be for her. Any suggestions? I encourage her to go biking with her younger sister but I'm not sure how much ST she should do. Maybe just body weight exercises?
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