Figuring out how to lose weight and achieve the body of your dreams is a universal question that everyone is bound to be asking at one point in their lives. Being bombarded with new diet fads and workout routines on a daily basis seems to be adding to the confusion about weight loss rather than helping. You probably know first hand the frustration that follows months of training and eating foods categorized as “good foods” only to find that the number on the scale is barely budging. However, in the last few years, there has been quite a commotion about weightlifting. Many fitness gurus propagated the idea that the reason why most people are well far from achieving their fitness goals is that they’re not adding weightlifting to their exercise regimes. Some even went as far as claiming that on its own, weightlifting can give you the body that you desire. Given the gravity of this statement, you probably want to know more about it and confirm whether it’s true or not. Below, you’ll find out if weightlifting is enough to give you the toned body that you want.
What Does Weightlifting Do?
Before deciding how effective weightlifting is, you first need to understand what it does to your body. Weightlifting promotes the release of muscle-growth hormones like testosterone which causes an expansion in tissue cells. This new enlarged muscle tissue, a byproduct of hypertrophy-is more efficient in burning calories than fat tissues. In addition to looking fit and lean, burning fat is essential for maintaining a healthy heart, as it gives your body a better chance of fending off cardiovascular diseases. One of the most common misconceptions is that weightlifting will make you look buff and ripped, which explains the aversion of women in particular to weightlifting. However, the truth is that it takes a lot of time for a regular person who lifts a couple of times a week to build bulk and muscle mass.
Where Weightlifting Falls Short
Despite the numerous benefits of weightlifting, it does have a number of downsides that limit its effectiveness as a standalone method to tone your body. At the top of the list is the fact that unless you’re working with a certified trainer, you could end up injuring yourself badly. Furthermore, unlike the consistent low-impact workout, the impact of weightlifting on the fat burning rate is really slow. So, if you’re not into waiting before seeing some changes with your own eyes, weightlifting can be frustrating. People who are usually busy and barely have the time to drive to the gym believe that weightlifting doesn’t offer them the flexibility they need in their fast-paced lifestyle.
How to Get the Best Results with Weightlifting
In order to reap the benefits of weightlifting in an efficient way, you need to understand how to incorporate it into your workout routine. According to fitness experts, circuit training with weights is a good place to start. You can search online or ask your fitness instructor to recommend 6 to 8 exercises where you can perform them in tandem. Performing the circuit once at first should be enough as you work on building your strength. However, as you get stronger, you should be able to repeat the circuit 3 to 4 times as you attempt lifting heavier weights. Aim to lift weights at least two times a week to maintain your muscle growth rate and ensure your metabolism stays high even on your rest days. Furthermore, you should keep your safety in mind and take all the necessary precautions when you’re weightlifting. One common problem that eager beginners usually face is their own ego. They tend to get too excited about adding more weights a little too soon only to realize that their bodies aren’t actually ready for the upgrade.
Is Weightlifting for You?
The short answer is probably yes. However, it all comes down to your fitness level, your fitness goals, as well as your readiness to follow instructions. Most people find weightlifting to be a great addition to their workout routines. It adds that extra bit of challenge that you need to make sure you stay motivated as you aim to lift heavier and maintain your progress.
There’s no one magical workout that will give you the toning results that you need. You should keep surprising your body with new kinds of exercises from time to time to make sure you’re covering all fitness aspects. As you have read above, while weightlifting is an amazing exercise to burn fat and tone your body, you need to make sure you’re doing it the right way.
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