Whichever of the two is your goal, sculpting or bulking, you need muscle definition. Weight training routines help build up that impressive muscle and burn fat that covers the muscle so you get definition. You can’t have six pack abs without well developed abdominal muscles, for example.
In one common method, weight training uses the principle of progressive overload, in which the muscles are overloaded by attempting to lift at least as much weight as they are capable. They respond by growing larger and stronger. This procedure is repeated with progressively heavier weights as the practitioner gains strength and endurance.
Hello all! I gained 60lbs & started cardio(Aerobics) everyday for 2hrs a day. I lost 20 of the 60 I needed to lose and came to a halt! I could not lose the remainder 40! No matter what! I am very educated on nutrition so I know it was not my diet. So, I decided to change my workout to cardio for 1hr, 3X’s a week and weight training 5X’s a week. The weight is now pouring off me. I am a firm believer that weight training is imperative if you want to look your best!
Evolution is easier to track if you include such sections n the weight lifting log. Mood variations may help with training or can ruin it. If you include a section for mood in the log, you will be able to determine if the success of your exercises is not influenced or impaired by the way you feel when you train. Normally, you wouldn’t be able to make a pertinent observation from one week to another, unless you have this weight training log to check. If high energy levels define your mood at 5 pm every Monday, then, that is a great time to train, but this is just an example of how you can use the mood section in your advantage.
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Until the 20th century, the history of strength training was very similar to the history of weight training. With the advent of modern technology, materials and knowledge, the methods that can be used for strength training have multiplied significantly.
Weight training has also been shown to benefit dieters as it inhibits lean body mass loss (as opposed to fat loss) when under a caloric deficit. Weight training also strengthens bones, helping to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis. By increasing muscular strength and improving balance, weight training can also reduce falls by elderly persons.
Cardio is good for a piece of mind i think and slimming. If you are overweight Cardio does help to slim you down a bit, but also you want some muscle TONE to keep the body lean in the process of losing the weight. YOU DO NOT WANT A FLABBY BODY. I REPEAT YOU DO NOT WANT A SLOPPY FLABBY BODY… SO DO YOUR GOT DARN WEIGHT TRAINING. IT WILL BE ALL WORTH IT IN THE END.. CHECK OUT ANGELA BASSETT.. PERFECT EXAMPLE…
I think there is much more to exercise than just weight loss and trying to look ‘toned’. I don’t see it as an either/or thing, hell do both cardio and weights if you enjoy it!! I do think that there are definite benefits to overall health that are provided by doing HIIT cardio that you cannot get from just weight training. I have seen the typical toned, weight-lifting ‘gym-guy’ struggle with the simplest endurance activity. So eat right, do the HIIT and move the mass!!
The benefits of weight training include greater muscular strength, improved muscle tone and appearance, increased endurance and enhanced bone density. Weight lifting and resistance training can also lead to a multitude of medical benefits including increased insulin sensitivity, decreased visceral fat, increased GLUT 4 density, reduced blood pressure, increased HDL cholesterol, decreased LDL cholesterol, decreased triglycerides, increased bone mineral density and improved cardiovascular health.