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6 Reasons why you should train with free weights

We often just categorise weight training as something that people do who want to put on muscle mass, it can also be seen as something that Men focus on more than Women, but at i-motion gym we want to challenge that stereotype, categorically; and there’s a very simple reason; weight training is good for EVERYONE and here is why:

#1 It helps you lose fat

The main reason Men move towards weight training is to put Muscle on, however it is an efficient fat burning mechanism. Many people don’t realise that training with weights is actually efficient at burning fat, not only that, you can target the body areas where you want to burn the fat the most.

#2 It keeps paying back

When you stop weight training you carry on burning the calories. One study demonstrated that people who weight train can increase their Resting Metabolism Rate by up to 5%, so whereas a lot of people focus on aerobic exercise and restricting calories, weight training burns the calories constantly and requires a sustained calorie intake. In this particular study the women required 1,800 calories to sustain their natural metabolism (because their bodies continued burning calories) as opposed to 1,350 required by someone who focuses just on aerobic exercise.

#3 Build Fast Twitch muscle fibres

For years the fitness industry focused on Type 1 muscle fibres and not the Fast Twitch, Type 2 Fibres. It is the Type 2 Fibres that accelerate the energy burning capacity of far-reaching, remote tissues; this effectively boosts your whole body metabolism.

#4 Strengthen your Skeletal System

By weight training you strengthen your bones by increasing their density. Studies on former athletes show that those who include weightlifting in their exercise regimen have much stronger bones as they age which actually results in as much as 50% less chance of incurring a fracture in Men and 30% less chance in Women.

#5 You’ll sleep better!

The same study shows that those who weight train sleep better than those who do not. The fatigue means there is a 5% less likely chance that the individual will awake in sleep. Sleep is important in reducing body fat gain, the risk of diabetes and glycemic control. Oh and better sleep means better work out!

#6 Increase Endurance

That’s right! Although exercise is often categorized into aerobic (which is often endurance or time bound) and anaerobic (which is strength related) doing weights actually increase endurance and so goes hand in hand. As the extra, targeted weight/body fat is shed from an endurance athlete it increases the athletes ability to transport oxygen to the target areas. Plus, a lighter, leaner athlete is more efficient, even if it is marginal.

So there you have it! Regardless of your goals, build muscle mass, increase endurance, tone or lose weight. Weight Lifting NEEDS to be in your weekly routine. At i-motion Gym we have extensive free weights areas and functional zones to get you going. If you want any advice you can always speak to a Personal Trainer 🙂

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