Category Archives: Weight lifting (strength training)

A Guide to Weight Training

gym-592899_640There seems to be great debate about the optimal way to gain muscle and strength through weight lifting. I go the gym regularly and speak to different people about the best way to work out, and often get different answers from each person. Although there is much confusion in the weight lifting industry, one thing is clear; your goals will dictate the strategy you use. Typically, weight training for strength, muscle hypertrophy (growth) and endurance require different weight used and different repetitions performed, although there is overlap between the three goals. This blog is written as a basic outline so you can understand everything there is to know about resistance training and use this knowledge to reach your goals!
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The health benefits of strength training

santa-claus-566192_1280I already wrote a blog about the health benefits of exercise but what about strength training? I have heard that lifting weights raises your metabolism higher and longer than aerobic exercise. I was skeptical to say the least. Think of it like this. Most people go to the gym for an hour or so. But they are not lifting weights for an hour. They do a set of lifts which takes 20 seconds or so then they talk to their friends for a minute or two followed by another 20 second set of lifting. If I had to guess I would say we only lift weights for a total of 10-15 minutes per a one hour gym session. How many calories could that possibly burn?

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