Weight training is a form of exercise with tons of benefits. It’s the most effective way to tone up, build sexy curves and get lean, which all comes down to building muscle and burning fat.
Most people add cardio into their “fitness plan” because they think it’s the best way to get in shape, but by doing that they can often ruin their results!
You see, cardio is a bit of a one-tricky pony. It has just one major function: It burns calories. Weight training also burns calories, but it also builds muscle and increases your metabolism.
A great way to think about this is like renting a house vs. investing in a mortgage:
Let’s say you pay £500 rent every month. By the end of the year you’ve spent £6,000 yet you’re still in exactly the same situation, and you’ll have to pay another £6,000 next year to remain there.
This is just like cardio. By doing cardio you burn calories, but come next year, you’ll have to do the same amount (or more) if you want don’t want to put on any weight.
Cardio might have helped burn some fat, but it’s just as easy to put it all back on again, and that’s not all…
Cardio also burns muscle as very little muscle is needed for cardio. The problem here is that muscle is what makes you feel firm and toned. So if you burn your muscles, all you end up with is skin, fat and bone – you’ll feel like a sack of bones filled with porridge. Not sexy!
So here’s the deal. If you just want to be great at cardio but don’t care about how you look, then doing cardio makes sense. We have great respect for long distance athletes and could never do what they do.
But here’s the thing most people don’t realise. If your goal is to feel lean, toned and to put curves in the right place, cardio is not going to do that for you.
So if cardio isn’t the answer, then what is? Let’s return to that house analogy:
Imagine you buy your own place. You spend £500 a month on mortgage payments and by the end of the year you own £6,000 more of the house. Eventually you will own that house outright and rent payments will be a thing of the past.
This is the equivalent of weight training – it’s a permanent solution.
Lifting weights increases your metabolism so over time you’ll be able to eat more and not put on an ounce of fat. On top of this, weight training will burn fat and it will build muscle (don’t freak out). That means toning up and putting sexy curves in all the right places.
So now you know why weight training features so heavily in this programme!