I must confess, I am a cardio junkie! I love the adrenaline rush that comes with a high-intensity interval training workout. Plus, cardio (short for cardiovascular) is very necessary to keep my heart healthy and reduce my risk for heart disease and stroke. But a good fitness plan is well balanced, so 3 years ago I decided to get serious about resistance (strength) training.
As with every new challenge, it was a learning experience. I hadn't lifted anything over 10 pounds since I was in college. I struggled, I mean really struggled, to lift 5 and 8 pound weights in the beginning but it quickly got better. Now I use 10-15 pound weights for upper body circuit training and 15-25 pounds for lower body training. Practice produces progress!
Having said all that, you still may be thinking "but yeah, what were your results?" "Can I really incorporate strength training and still lose weight?" You may have heard the myth that muscle weighs more than fat – it is in fact a myth, a pound of muscle is...a pound. It can’t weigh any more than that because a pound is a pound. But I digress, I’ll save that topic for another post :).
Here are my results (and this was achieved AFTER reaching my goal weight, If you still have a significant amount of fat to lose, you stand to achieve even BETTER results):
What I Lost
What I Gained
Okay, now that you understand that resistance training doesn’t have to hamper your results, are you ready to get started?
Here is your formula for success:
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