High Reps vs Heavy Weight. Strength vs Fat Loss.

It is known that high reps with lower weight is best suited for muscle endurance while low reps and heavy weight is the best choice for building strength. What about fat loss?

There is plenty of research out there indicating heavy weights and lower reps (which engages Type 2 muscle fibres – fast twitch) is optimal for muscle building and strength. This doesnt mean you can’t build muscle with more reps, however, to build up strength and muscle quicker and more efficiently, low and heavy is by far the way to go. An important idea to remember is that correct form and technique will help too!  By ensuring the exercise is being done correctly, you are activating the muscle effectively and in turn, causing more tears in muscle fibre and bigger muscles.

One key piece to note for fat loss is the intensity of your workout. It doesn’t necessarily matter how heavy you are lifting or how many reps you are doing. Instead, having a higher intensity, with less rest between reps (essentially, sweating your butt off) is most effective for fat loss.  Lifting weights can also help to increase fat loss. Cardio alone will help one to lose fat, however some muscle is being lost too if you choose strictly cardio. Lifting weights will help in losing fat and building muscle at the same time. Both are almost equally effective at fat loss, if that is your only goal.

Key to both strength and fat loss is your diet! Eating right is the first step to getting your new body! You need to fuel your muscles for them to grow and to have the energy to exercise. Kicking the bad eating habits will help in fat loss  (mostly as you are not taking in empty calories, sugar or fats anymore). Its true what they say, Abs are made in the kitchen and your new body is 70% diet and 30% fitness!!!

One always important thing to remember, is which ever method you choose for you exercise regiment, ALWAYS listen to your body. If you need to rest, its OK to take a rest day (or week)!!! Over training and fatigue can lead to injury, which will leave you out even longer!

 

 

 

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Earn Your Body!

Earn Your Body

I found this quote today, and I LOVE IT! There is no way to say it better. This is exactly what I want to do; earn my body. I think there is so much more satisfaction when you look at your body and know you look like that because you worked hard for it.

Today is LEG DAY!!! I’m actually really excited for leg day because I haven’t had a realy, solid leg day since before having my baby. I’m sure its been a good 6 months since I’ve done heavy squats, and split squats, and heavy leg extensions…I know I certainly won’t be able to do as much as I could before, but I am eager to get myself back to where I was ASAP! My PR for squats is 185lbs. I know I will be no where near that when I get in the gym today, but I can hope that I will be there soon!

I took yesterday as my rest day, as Baby P had her first visit with Grandma dn grandpa, so our day was pretty busy!. I continued to eat healthy and follow the LiveFit trainer’s nutritional guidelines, and already, in just 3 days, have seen my stomach changing. It feels good to know that this one change I have made is actually making a difference. Now, just to get my “old” body back, and improve on it. I see all these pictures on Instagram, Twitter, facebook, etc of these women in really great shape; the same kind of shape I want to be in, and it inspires me! I am eager to try to get my body to look like that. I will EARN a body like that!!!

successful day!!!

today was a very successful day in my books.  i worked on 2 of my goals today! not ony did i not eat any of the junk food at work today, which included ice cream cake, donuts, and cookies, BUT, i also did legs in the gym.

let me tell you, those desserts all looked delicious, especially the ice cream cake with the fudge and crumbles in the middle. i actually didnt even have to think about not taking some. i knew today was the start of something new for me, my new healthier lifestyle, and they didnt even tempt me today. last week, i would have thought to myself  “one little piece wont hurt”. not today. today i knew my goals, knew where i wanted to get to, and that definately is the key. GOALS!

heading tot he gym, i knew exactly what i wanted to get out of my workout today and thats exactly what i did. i racked up the squat rack, and achieved a personal best today!!! 185lbs. i couldnt have started my new lifestyle out any better than today. I KILLED LEGS TODAY…hopefully they’ll be loking how i want them to in no time!!!