Though we’ve done similar posts before, we’re going to delve a little deeper into each subject in this mini-series.
Firstly, there’s been a wave of change over the last few years towards weight training for fat loss, and away from endless plugging away on treadmills and cross trainers, and for good reason. People are realising that there’s a difference between fat loss and weight loss, and strength training plays an important role in that. This is not to discredit cardio work at all, that’s still an important element of health, but from a fat loss perspective and time:reward ratios there’s a more efficient way of changing your body shape.
If your goal is fat loss then your primary objective ought to be reducing your bodyfat % while maintaining your current level of muscle, or in some beginner cases even increasing it.
Weight training for both sexes allows you to manipulate your body composition (the amount of body fat you carry vs the amount of lean mass you carry)
As with nutrition principles though, most people seem to think they need to go to extremes to find results, whereas the truth is that more quality and application will always trump aimlessly drilling yourself into the ground.
We’ll continue this with part two on technique in a few days.