Everyone is looking for that elusive, magic weight-loss trick. The only “magic” weight-loss trick I know of is strength training – weight-bearing exercise designed to build and strengthen your muscles. That’s what this section of my site is all about toning and firming those muscles!
Muscles work miracles on your metabolism. For every pound of muscle you add, you automatically burn and extra 35 to 50 calories per day. The reason? Muscle demands more energy than fat does. Therefore, the more muscle you build, the more calories you body burns.
Two things are required for muscle growth: the first is optimal load during your training sessions and the second is quite long intervals between them because the process of muscle growth and recovery is taking place not during workouts but after them, during rest periods. That’s why you ‘go on’ doing bodybuilding even when you are sleeping because your muscles continue to grow.
The recovery process also consists of two parts: the first is deliverance from fatigue and micro-lacerations that occur in muscles after each training session. During this stage your muscles try to regain the state of strength and integrity they had before the workout. Fatigue of particular muscles appears to be just a part of the organism fatigue in common. Hard but the most effective workout exercises such as Barbell Squats, Dead Lifts or Bench Presses lead to higher level of fatigue than isolation exercises such as Dumbbell Triceps Extensions or Cable Crossovers. After each training session it is most of all important for the organism to overcome this purely physical fatigue. Only after this your organism can switch to the second part of recovery process – muscle growth and strength increase (to the so-called ‘super-compensation’).
Quality Does Matter – Take your time in your next fitness resistance training session. Each rep you perform as you lift your weights should last at least 4 seconds.
In fact, the next time you have a training session challenge yourself by going as slow as you can go. See how much you can focus on really keeping your muscles contracted, and I guarantee you will feel it the next day.