Q: What do you mean by lifting heavy?
A: By lifting heavy I mean lifting weights that leave you completely out of breath by the 10th rep. Working at that level of intensity will create the Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) effect, which makes your body burn extra calories even after your workout.!
Q: Why is lifting heavy so important?
A: Strength training boosts your metabolic rate, aka your body’s calorie burning stove. For every pound of muscle you gain, your metabolic rate goes a up a little. This means that as you start packing on muscle, you won’t have to worry about eating clean as much.
Also, Unlike cardio – where you only burn calories during your workout – weight lifting burns calories for up to 38 hours after your workout. Even when your sexy butt’s perched on the couch! This is because recovering muscles need extra energy to restore, and they create that by burning calories. Last but not least, weight lifting burns more fat than endurance type cardio.
Q: I’m a woman. Are you sure I won’t get bulky?
A: Give me a call when you get too ripped and muscular from training! The amount of food, training and dedication it takes to get crazy muscular is no accident. When lifting weights, men produce about 10 times as much anabolic hormones, aka muscle building hormones. Women simply lack the combo of hormones that enable them to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. A great side effect from lifting weights consistently? A hard core and a sculpted, strong, capable body!.