There’s never a better time to try a new workout than now, and one that celebrities like Kim Kardashian and sister Khloe swear by is weight training.
But before you start conjuring up images of body builders and bulk, we asked personal trainer and owner of Right Path Fitness Keith McNiven on why weight training could be the key to achieving your fitness dreams.
- Weights don’t make you look bulky
Firstly, ‘bulky’ is a completely subjective word and concept, so what you might consider as bulky could be someone else’s dream body, and that is absolutely fine. Secondly, you train for the results you want. If you want to gain muscle mass and achieve a muscular physique then absolutely, weight training can achieve that for you. Similarly, if you want to tone up and slim down, then incorporating weights into your standard exercise routine can give you the exact results that you desire. Weight training will help you to shape your body, and to do so for whatever shape you desire. Train the relevant areas for the relevant results. It’s really that simple.
- Weights burns more calories than cardio
This is a fact of the exercise world which is actually really not commonly known. Rather than slogging away on the treadmill for 30 minutes and burning a few hundred calories, you can put in a good weights session with 10 – 12 reps per set, burn more calories, and continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours after your session too! Yep, that’s right – weight training actually burns more calories than cardio, and continues to work for up to two days after you finish in the gym. What could possibly be better than that?
- You can easily train weights at home
Whilst cardio is undeniably a great form of exercise, it can be pretty difficult to get a decent cardio session at home, especially if you’re pretty strapped for space! It’s often not practical to get a treadmill or a rowing machine into your living room or spare room, but investing in a decent pair of weights won’t take much space, and you can quickly and easily train in a small space for effective results. For those who have busy lifestyles with limited time to train, implementing weights into their fitness regime and investing in weights at home could be a life saver, and a way to work out around busy lifestyles.
- There are tangible and measurable results with weights
One of the best things about weight training is that you have tangible and measurable results to assess, helping you to clearly see your progress, which will keep you motivated and make you feel fantastic. As you consistently and gradually train weights, you’ll notice your strength improving, allowing you to either do more reps of a specific weight, or even start to lift heavier. Take note of your PBs and aim to consistently beat them. The competition against yourself will keep your hunger for working out alive – which is imperative in order to see results.
- Weight training is fun
Arguably the most important argument of all for why it’s worth giving weight training a try – it is incredibly fun. There’s nothing quite like the buzz of lifting something you couldn’t previously lift. The thrill of seeing your body change with your new workout routine. The exhilaration of beating your previous record. The enjoyment of feeling your muscles ache the following day knowing you worked hard. Weight training is fun – and you should absolutely give it a try.