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Why Resistance Training Should be part of Your Weight-loss Programme!

As a Personal Trainer this is one of the most common aspects of weight-loss training programmes I have to explain. For many people the belief is, eating less and doing cardio, cardio and more cardio is the best way to lose weight. Wrong, or at least only half right!

Eating less, or perhaps better phrased, improving your nutritional habits is certainly beneficial to weight-loss. And burning calories doing cardio training is also very important. I’m certainly not trying to discourage anyone who’s looking to lose weight to neglect these aspects, both should definitely be a key part of your weight-loss programme. But this is only part of the story…

Resistance training should be another crucial part of your weight-loss training programme and one that too often gets overlooked. The reason why? Whilst the benefits of eating more healthily and burning calories through cardio exercise are easy to understand, the way in which resistance training assists weight-loss are not necessarily so obvious.

So, new to the concept of resistance training? It’s any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against a resistance. This can be done using dumb bells or kettle bells or just using your own body weight as the resistance. And this over time will increase the mass of any given muscle. This allows you to influence your metabolic rate. Many people are aware of metabolic rate and have some understanding of what it means, but may not truly understand what it refers to and how it is such a key factor in weight-loss training.

In fact it’s a relatively easy concept to understand. Your metabolic rate is essentially the level at which you burn calories. As someone once said to me, it’s like revs on a car, the higher the level the more fuel you use. And the good news, you can improve your metabolic rate so you burn calories more efficiently. How you ask? That’s right, resistance training!

As previously mentioned Resistance training builds lean muscle mass, and it’s important to be clear here, we’re talking muscle mass, not muscle size, i.e. dense, lean muscle tone. So don’t panic we’re not talking about bulking up! So why build muscle mass, simple, because muscle burns more calories than fat! Therefore the more muscle we have the better our metabolic rate and thus the more calories we are burning.

The good news doesn’t end there, because muscles don’t just burn calories when you’re training, calories are being burnt 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so every bit of muscle gained increases the rate at which you’re burning calories around the clock!

The conclusion therefore is simple, if you want to lose weight, yes improve your eating habits, yes do your cardio, but also make yourself a more efficient calorie burning machine by incorporating resistance training into your programme.

For more information call me on 07970 881051, or email robwhalley@iwantapersonaltrainer.co.uk 

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