Overlooked: Weight Training to Control Weight

Many people begin a new physical fitness training program with one goal in mind: weight control. Whether it is weight-loss or weight-gain centered, their program is in place to control their weight one way or another.

Oftentimes, people who engage in weight control training programs focus on cardiovascular fitness. While cardiovascular fitness is important to weight control — no other type of training offers as much intensity over such a short period of time — one of the other outstanding sources of weight control is often over-looked: weightlifting.

Weightlifting for weight control may seem counter-intuitive at first, but when examined closely the benefits become obvious.  While cardiovascular exercises promote high heart rates and great caloric expenditures, they do not have the lasting or long-term effects that weightlifting can provide. Cardio routines last anywhere from 8 to 60 minutes, depending on the program. Throw in an additional 5 minutes for cool down time, and the workout is over, its’ entire benefit expended.

Weightlifting, except in extremes, provides lower cardiovascular involvement, but it also provides a longer term muscular involvement. By increasing the amount of activity in major muscle groups, non-aerobic activity increases over a longer period of time. The cool down period from a weightlifting training session is often on the order of days, rather than minutes. Entire days where the muscles are continuing to work at a greater than normal rate, extending weight control efforts over significant periods of time.

Contact us now to get involved with a training coach that can help you achieve your personal goals, and explain many of the other benefits of weightlifting program.