The benefits of muscle building through strength training:
The most common goals that we hear when people start a training program are that they want to lost weight and “tone up.” As a trainer, and the person being hired to help them reach those goals, this means that they want to lose fat and build muscle.
The term muscle building is often misconstrued to mean “bulking up”, especially for women. This is simply not the case. When we talk about muscle building we are referring to adding muscle density. It sounds kind of hard core, I know. Strength training to add muscle and make your body more dense has many benefits. Here are just a few:
-Adding muscle will increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR is the amount of calories your body will burn at rest. Each pound of muscle burns 6.5 calories/ hour as compared to a pound of fat which burns 1.2 calories/hour. Your muscle is your metabolisms engine. The stronger the engine you have, the more it burns.
-After strength training your body will continue to burn calories for hours as your body begins to repair the muscle tissue you broke down.
-Strength training will help to increase and maintain bone density. This is very important for women.
-Strength training can increase testosterone production in men. This is especially important as men age and production drops.
-Strength training plays an integral role in injury prevention for people of all ages and ability levels. Whether you’re a competitive athlete or a weekend warrior, strength training can help balance your body and prepare it to hold up through your activities.
It’s very common for people to become slaves to the cardio machines when they are trying to reach a weight loss goal. Cardio does play a role, but, we encourage everyone to venture away from the treadmill and make strength training a much larger part of your workout regimen.
Train smart and train hard!