When most people are planning a weight loss program they fail to consider the positive benefits that a strength training routine can have on their goals. The truth is that strength training is far more effective for burning fat and calories than aerobic exercise is. The reason for this is that strength training builds muscle, which boosts your metabolism allowing you to burn more calories at all times. Thus, strength training should be a part of any weight loss program. However, if you are hesitant to employ it on a regular basis you should at least use it when you hit a weight loss plateau. One of the most important things that people need to learn about exercising is that the human body has a remarkable ability to rapidly adapt and grow stronger. This means that you need to learn how to continually challenge your body to prevent yourself from hitting a weight loss plateau.
Change the routine periodically
In order to avoid hitting a weight loss plateau you need to learn how to design a strength training routine that continues to challenge your body. This means changing your routine every 6 to 8 weeks. Doing this will introduce a new set of exercises that forces your body to adapt again, thus avoiding any lulls or periods of comfort in the weight loss program.
Have multiple exercises
The next thing that you need to know is the types of strength training exercises you should perform. While movements and exercises that work the entire body have their advantages, the truth is that doing exercises that target specific body parts is the best way to get the best results. This means that when you are planning your routine you should figure out multiple exercises for each body part. This will enable you to switch through a series of routines throughout the year in order to avoid hitting a weight loss plateau. For example, when training your chest you can choose to do a variety of push up style exercises for the first routine in your rotation. You can then switch to different bench press exercises for the second routine. The final one can use dumbbells to perform butterfly presses or bench presses. By using this type of rotating exercise program you can force your body to adapt at all times and avoid hitting a weight loss plateau.
Strength training is a must
Even though strength training may not seem like the best choice for a weight loss program, the fact is that it is an essential one if you want to reach your goals. By carefully planning your strength training routine, and frequently changing it, you can force your body to grow stronger and leaner while adapting to the workouts. If you want to avoid a weight loss plateau then strength training is a must. Building lean muscle is the only way to successfully lose weight, and maintain a healthier body weight. Using strength training as a part of your weight loss program will ultimately ensure that you reach and surpass your goals.
Julie Kennington is the owner and operator of Drenched Fitness a fun, group focused fitness center with a ‘club like’ atmosphere in Westlake Village, California. She and the trainers at Drenched Fitness provide practical weight loss, get fit and get active tips each week on the Drenched Fitness Blog.