Strength training plays a huge role when it comes to fat-loss. Here are many other benefits:
1. Increases lean muscles mass
2. Increases bone density
3. Improves blood pressure
4. Increases HDL (good) cholesterol
5. Decreases LDL (bad) cholesterol
6. Improves strength – physical and mental
7. Helps with posture
8. Improves metabolism, especially at rest
9. You will see more changes in your body, than by just doing cardio alone
If your goal is to achieve a more attractive, tight and toned looking body, then you definitely need to engage in a strength training routine a minimum of two times a week.
Strength training should be modified to suit the needs and preferences of different client populations. Most new to lifting or older women prefer machines to free weights.
A frequently asked question I get is, “What should I do first, lift or cardio?” Even though there are no studies that prove you should do one before the other, I would suggest lifting first. You will have more energy, getting more out of your strength training routine, which will give you better results.
If you have never lifted weights before, I highly recommend a few sessions with a personal trainer to ensure that you have proper form, don’t injure yourself and to make sure you are using the correct weight for you. You might be stronger than you think.
Do you lift weights regularly? If so, why?