SWITCH ON A LEANER YOU
WEIGHT TRAINING HELPS BURN AWAY FAT
WOMEN who use weights can turn their bodies into a “lean, mean fat burning machine”, according to SGAC fitness services consultant Graham Doolan.
Mr Doolan said it was a myth that doing weights would have an instant bulk bodybuilder effect.
“Muscle mass, unless you’re a male between age 16 and 25 with high-levels of testosterone, takes a long time to develop,” he said.
Mr Doolan said weight training changes your body shape as it increases lean muscle mass and has a high EPOC (Exercise Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption).
“Cardio training burns more fat while performing the activity then weight training,” he said.
“However once your cardio is over, so is most of the calorie-burning effect.”
He said EPOC increases metabolic rate (calorie burning) that continues for several hours after you have finished training.
“Any increase in muscle mass permanently increases your metabolism making the body a fat-burning machine,” Mr Doolan said.
“Another benefit, especially for women, is that muscle pulls on bone so greater muscle involvement increases bone density.”
He said it was a myth that you needed equipment to achieve exercise results.
“Fitness can be achieved doing lots of activities that don’t require any equipment,” Mr Doolan said.
“Walking, running, body weight exercises (squats, push ups and sit ups).
“Other options with minimal equipment include swimming, bike riding, skipping and boxing.”
It is a myth that women who use weights will bulk up quickly.