If you’re a guy in the gym working with weights, not only are you probably trying to lose some fat, but also gain some muscle.This article discusses the mechanisms of how muscles grow, plus why most women won’t gain large amounts of muscle when working with weights.
We’ve all been there. Too tired, too busy, we skip the workout we planned. We know exercise is beneficial: it reduces stress, helps prevent chronic health conditions, manages weight, and increases energy levels. When excuses are all too handy, motivation is hard to come by.
By Wendy Grace, Trainer and Co-Owner, Mission Fitness CenterThere have been several seasons of the ‘Extreme Weight Loss’ TV shows, featuring celebrity trainer Chris Powell, and, sometimes, his wife, Heidi. One of my clients is a fan of the show, and she asked me what I thought. After talking to her, watching an episode, and doing some online research, I’d say there are things to learn from this well-intentioned program, but I also have some concerns.
Free weights, body weight and resistance machines. What are the differences when strength training? Well free weights offer the most functionality of the three because you can perform many excercises and target all muscles, using them in various ways. Free weights also incorporates the smaller muscles that machines does not. This is because machines gives your body support and uniformity whereas free weights does not. Thus, you have to incorpoarte more of your smaller muscles to work with the free weights and perform your exercise. This can add more value to your workouts.
Our gym has huge picture windows, through which we can see everything happening on beautiful Mission Street in San Marino. Every day – and especially on Saturday mornings – we see dozens of people jogging or running past.
First of all, lets face it: Putting everything else aside, life is EASIER when you’re strong. Carrying groceries? One trip. Children to carry? No problem. Car stuck in the snow? Push it out with ease.Plus, whether you’re 100 lbs overweight or just need to lose the last 15, strength training is one of the most effective ways to burn fat and build muscle.