December 2017

Why Do We Lift Weights?

While cardio exercises are often seen as the best way to create a caloric deficit and lose weight, it turns out weightlifting can help, too!

Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise

Anaerobic exercise, like weightlifting, is high intensity and quick. Since your body can’t get enough oxygen to your muscles quickly enough, your cells break down sugars instead. Plus, more intense exercises like weight lifting burn calories and fat longer post-exercise than aerobic exercises.

Other Benefits of Weight Training

Although the main benefit of lifting weights is increasing muscle size and strength, that also leads to another benefit – a boost in metabolism since one pound of muscle requires six to 10 calories per day to maintain itself.

Which Weighlifting Moves Burn the Most?

Moves that use multiple muscles build the most muscle. Try these five moves using only your body weight for resistance, then start adding weights for a bigger gain: Squats, Lunges, Deadlifts, Pull-ups, Push-ups.

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