Fear of Weights
Walking into a gym these days, you can almost guarantee that the cardio room will have far more people sweating it out on a treadmill, rather than lifting dumbbells in the resistance-training area. 'Fear Of Weights' is quite a common occurrence, mainly due to the fact that many individuals don't want to 'Bulk Up' and look like a bodybuilder, and believe lifting large amounts of weights will make this happen.
The truth is that this is a complete misconception large amounts of muscle cannot be built and sustained unless an individual's food intake increases dramatically, allowing mass gain. Furthermore, performing large amounts of cardio exercise burns a great deal of muscle tissue, leaving the body with more fat then muscle.
The following are just a few of the reasons why weight-training is so essential in changing the shape of your body, and ultimately feeling healthier then ever before.
Increasing muscle elevates the metabolism Muscle has an enormous effect on one's metabolic rate, which determines how much energy (or calories in food) the body needs daily to maintain itself. Basically, the more muscle there is, the higher the metabolic rate, and the faster and easier an individual can burn fat.
In order to build and maintain large amounts of muscle, food intake needs to be high, which is why bodybuilders eat 3-4 times the amount of food then the average person! Avoiding resistance-training, or performing excessive levels of cardio exercise, not only results in the wasting away of muscle but also causes a decrease in the metabolic rate, ultimately slowing the natural fat burning process.
Heavier weights tones muscle faster Challenging your muscles by lifting heavier weights in shorter bursts achieves muscle toning much faster then lifting relatively light weights with many repetitions. Training with weights without challenging your muscles does very little to change body composition and metabolism, and results from this type of workout aren't visible for some time.
Muscle cannot turn into fat It is biologically impossible for the body to turn muscle into fat when you stop resistance-training, simply because both tissue types have completely different chemical compositions. What is possible is that these tissues can either increase or decrease in size. So why do people with large muscle mass appear to turn to fat when they stop training? The reason is that, without training, muscle tissues decrease in size and mass, which leads to a decrease in metabolism. If someone keeps eating, as they were when they had large amounts of muscle, the excess in calorie consumption will store as body fat.
Women cannot naturally 'bulk up' when lifting weights The main reason why women are unable to build up significant amounts of muscle is due to the lesser amount of testosterone produced compared with males. In actual fact, women that appear to have a large muscle mass are more often than not taking some kind of testosterone-enhancing supplement or anabolic steroid, and eating far more than the average women!
There are many more benefits surrounding resistance-training, which can be sought by asking people who have a sound knowledge in diet and nutrition. Just remember, a toned body could be yours when you are armed with the right knowledge!
Here are a few questions that will help you identify your reasons:
- How do you feel deep down inside?
- How do you really feel about yourself?
- Are you confident energetic and strong?
- Do you often wonder if you are on the right path?
- Would you like to have a better healthier future
When you answer these questions, your reasons for making the decision to change will become clear. When they do, write them down on a piece of paper, and read what you have written first thing in the morning and again at night before you go to sleep. Do this every day throughout your 12 week program. These reasons will remain guiding light, your beacon, during the journey you have now decided to begin