WHAT IS WEIGHT TRAINING?
Also known as resistance training, strength training involves any activity that puts a load on your muscles, which stimulates them to become stronger.
WHY IS IT EFFECTIVE?
Although certain cardio (like running) is enough for beginners to build some strength, you have to continue to increase the resistance you challenge your body with in order to continue building strength.
Here's some myths...
- Cardio is more effective at burning fat.
A: Weight lifting creates an 'after-burn effect' - it means that you need more oxygen after training as your body works to cool itself down. In the process, you're burning more calories than usual, even once you've plopped yourself down on the couch.
In other words, cardio is good for short term fat loss, while weight training is good for long term as training your muscles can improve your metabolism
2. Weight training isn't for women.
A: Anyone can weight-train - you don't have to be able to lift the biggest weights, just work your way up.
You'll also find that you'll grow in confidence in the gym, and the variety of exercises you can do will also help you stay motivated with a varied routine.
If you need help on how to use the kit, ask a Gym Instructor or book in for a PT session!
3. You can't train both cardio & weights.
A: There is no reason why you can't train both! It is recommended that beginners to intermediates are to train 3 weight-training sessions and 2-3 cardiovascular sessions per week to help them get moving.
Find a routine that works for you, and ask a Personal Trainer for tips on finding balance.
SOME OTHER BENEFITS:
- Mental health - like cardio, weight-training also has benefits on mental health.
- Everyday tasks become easier - you'll have the strength to carry more!
- Improves balance & posture - many of us have to spend hours of our days at desks, and so weight-training helps to exercise those fatigued muscles & joints.