Why Weight Training?

Weight training can change your life forever. With weight training you can attain any type of body shape you want. You can get very lean and toned, mildly lean and muscular, or ripped with big muscles...
As a Personal Trainer I have to consistently advertise my business. Many prospective clients who answer my ads hit me with one hundred questions on the phone, via e-mail, and in person. One of the most common questions I get, after I tell them what our sessions will consist of, is why weight training? Usually when I mention weight training I get silence on the phone, a trembling voice, or a horrific and terrifying look.

Many people, especially women, are scared of the whole weight training idea. They have this vision of becoming a massive ugly monster in their minds because of all the old days and old ways backwards thinking of weight training. That image of weight training needs to take a hike and the new image of weight training needs to come out and spread throughout the world.

Weight training can change your life forever. With weight training you can attain any type of body shape you want. You can get very lean and toned, mildly lean and muscular, or ripped with big muscles. Most of the time the key to the size of the muscles you will get is in your food consumption. Professional bodybuilders lift heavy weights most of the time, but their muscles would never get huge without the large amounts of food they consume.

If you have been working out for a while with no results and you want to get some lean muscle, lose the gut and the rest of the excess body fat, then this article will help. You will learn to lift weights, perform cardiovascular exercises, and eat healthier. You will not eat to get huge muscles, just eat for a lean and fat free muscular look.

If you have been lifting weights for a while, then read on to help you remember why you started in the first place and also you will know what to tell others when they ask you about weight training.


Question And Answer

Question: Some people who have tried resistance training (lifting weights) to lose weight have actually gained more weight. Why?

Answer: The reason for this is not that muscle weighs more than fat but rather muscle is more dense (takes up less space) than fat. People who start to lift weights will gain some weight in the beginning. This is healthy weight. It is muscle, which will in turn burn fat.

Many people get worried when the scales rise and lose patience. Losing patience will only slow the fat burning process. Soon after that weight is gained, the fat will burn away. A medium is found!


Positive Benefits Of Weight Training & Cardiovascular Training Combos

  • Helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Helps prevent heart disease and strengthen immune system.
  • If you want to go jogging with others, you do not have worry about stopping because you are out of shape.
  • Going clothes shopping is easier since you have a wider variety of clothing to choose from now.
  • You do not feel worried about a tight shirt showing off the huge rolls protruding from your stomach.
  • Helps strengthen bones, heart, and lungs.
  • You feel you have overcome something, which has plagued you for years.
  • You have more self-confidence now than you ever dreamed of having.
  • Your body is more versatile to take part in almost any chosen sport.
  • Helps in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.
  • Shortness of breath does not occur just from conversation with someone.
  • You can feel there is less stress on your knees without all that excess weight.
  • Going up and down small flights of steps does not make you lose your breath.
  • Your feet do not take such a beating anymore.
  • Helps improve and strengthen your body for all sports.
  • You sleep better because you are not inhaling large amounts of food before you lie down at night.
* The following are some workout routines and healthy eating habits for those of you who have been lifting weights for a while without any results.


Total Body Weight Training Routines (3 sets/12-15 reps) To Choose From

Workout 1

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Workout 2

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Workout 3

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Workout 4

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* Always use proper form and do not hesitate to ask for help or a spot in the gym.

Your weekly workout routines (Goal = to broaden shoulders, get V-shaped back, shed fat, tone legs, and narrow your waist):

  • Monday - weights + treadmill 20 min
  • Tuesday - bike inside or out or elliptical 45 min
  • Wednesday - weights + treadmill 20 min
  • Thursday - bike inside or out or elliptical 45 min
  • Friday - weights + treadmill 20 min
  • Saturday - bike inside or out or elliptical 45 min
  • Sunday - rest day
* Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep per night.


Healthy Foods To Choose From

    Carbs - Sweet potatoes, red potatoes, wild rice, brown rice, multi grain bread, oatmeal.
    Veggies - Asparagus, broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, green peppers, spinach salad, zucchini squash (the greener the better).
    Fruit - Strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, apples, pears, blueberries, and grapefruit.
    Protein - Cottage cheese, turkey breast, chicken breast, unsalted almonds, white fish, salmon, can of tuna, lean red meat (i.e., London Broil), egg whites, and 1% milk.
Your weekly meal plan (meals 2-3 hours apart)
    Meal 1 - Medium carb protein shake with water.
    Meal 2 - Handful of oatmeal in water and four egg whites.
    Meal 3 - Turkey sandwich (multi grain bread) with veggies or grilled chicken salad with handful of carbs.
    Meal 4 - Handful of almonds and fruit or handful of cottage cheese with fruit.
    Meal 5 - Protein with veggies no carbs.
    Meal 6 - Apple or pear.

Want to find out how many calories you're burning? Check out our calorie calculator!

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