but to reach the point of muscle fatigue.
It doesnâ€™t matter whether you use lighter weights with a lot of reps or heavier weights with fewer reps; your body canâ€™t tell the difference. As long as the muscles youâ€™re working are tired, youâ€™re doing it right, because fatigue means youâ€™ve stimulated the muscle. So if youâ€™re at the gym lifting light weights and counting out numerous reps, but you havenâ€™t fatigued the muscle, your exercise has had no effect on either that muscle or its use of glycogen.
For the maximum effect, you should use both methods of weight training and develop a weekly and monthly plan called periodization. As with cardio, this is a planned cycle of training in which you alternate types of workouts to stop your body from trying to adapt.
Weight-Training Tips to Maximize Fat Loss
Here are some of my recommendations for using anaerobic activity in your fitness routine:
â€˘ Weight training should be performed at least twice a week. Do not exceed this without taking off every fourth day.
â€˘ If you are a beginner or just starting again, hire a professional for at least a few sessions to ensure your safety and understanding of proper techniques. Many gyms will provide a week pass to try out their gym, and they have personnel to show you how to use the machines. And of course donâ€™t forget about your local YMCA.
â€˘ Change your routine every few weeks to ensure your body doesnâ€™t adapt and stop your progress.
â€˘ Find a workout partner to help you stay motivated and ensure safety during sessions.
â€˘ Keep workouts under one hour so you wonâ€™t trigger muscle-wasting hormones.
â€˘ Learn to have fun, relax, and make working out enjoyable.
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