Tone up and lose weight quickly and easily when you add weight lifting to your workout. Just a little bit of weight can go a long way to helping you get thin. It doesn’t take a lot of weight and the best thing is, it won’t take you any more time than your normal workout. Once you add weight lifting to your workout, you will begin to notice more definition to your muscles in your shoulders, arms, tummy and legs. As you tone your torso, you’ll shrink your waistline.
Along with cardio, strength training is essential to any successful workout. Adding weight lifting to your strength training exercises or circuit training will give you significant results, but you have to add enough weight to make a difference.
Aim for muscle fatigue or failure. When you work your muscle to the point it can’t lift anymore, your body releases testosterone and growth hormone. This signals your body to burn fat and build lean muscle. You don’t have to worry about your muscles getting bulky—your arms will actually become firmer and more compact.
You will lose weight quicker and easier when you add weights to your resistance-training workout. As you build muscle, you will increase your base metabolic rate. The benefit for you is that you will burn more calories all throughout the day, no matter what you are doing, even when you are resting.
Within a few weeks of increasing the intensity of your workout and adding weights to your program, you will find some noticeable changes taking place on your body. Your waist will be smaller, legs firmer, arms toned and butt shapely. Your clothes will fit better, too.
When trying to determine how much weight you should be lifting, try lifting at least 5 pounds more than you think you can lift. Remember, you may be able to lift more weight doing some exercises than others, but as you continue working on weaker areas to make them stronger, the exercises will become easier. Consistency brings results.
Start by working with an amount of weight that you can lift for 2 to 3 sets of 12 to 15 repetitions. Remember, your goal will be to work your muscles until they are too tired to lift anymore. Don’t worry—your muscles will recover quickly. However, don’t overwork them because you might experience extreme muscle soreness later.