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Weight Training = Weight Loss. An Equation

May 13, 2011

I’m a big proponent of weight training, especially for women, as opposed to only regular cardiovascular workouts, and definitely over just dieting with no exercise.

When I was in a very regular workout routine in California, I went to Gold’s Gym which was renown for having a lot of “beefcake” big muscly men. And it did. As well as many personal trainers, who at 6am they’re still waiting for their clients to arrive and see you several times a week, will throw some free weight lifting tips your way and even correct your form. And I paid attention to every word.

Weight loss = Building muscle + Eating right

The reason is simple. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn. So that same 30 minute run that previously burned 300 calories, for example, with more muscle mass, now you’ll burn more calories doing the same thing. To build up muscle mass, you can’t do it on cardiovascular activities alone.

You’ll have to lift some weights.

I’ll include some tips for newbies about weight lifting in another post, and break down the belief that women bulk up when lifting (spoiler: they don’t).

Are you including weights in your exercise routine?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 13, 2011 11:54 pm

    I totally agree on both points (weight loss and women not bulking). I’m in the process of developing a ‘healthier’ lifestyle (see blog for details) and absolutely believe in training heart rate cardio (65-70%) and weights to achieve maximum fat burn.

    Great blog,

    Paul

  2. May 14, 2011 5:59 pm

    Hi Paul, thanks for stopping by – I’m checking out your blog, too :)

  3. May 17, 2011 6:53 pm

    Couldn’t agree more…saw the most change in my body once I started seriously lifting. love your new blog!

  4. May 19, 2011 3:27 am

    I’m doing kettle bells,exercise bike intervals and tai kwon do;)

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