Why Do We Lift?
Why do we strength train? Here’s our top 10 reasons:
1. Muscle mass naturally diminishes over time 3-5% per year after age 30!
2. Improve Body Comp – muscle tissue is more metabolically active than fat
3. Bone Strength
4. Increase Metabolism
5. Everyday strength + functionality and quality of life
6. Make you happy
7. Fight disease
8. Mental sharpness
Strength training has a much greater level of excess post-exercise oxygen consumption than aerobic exercise. What does this mean? When you finish a workout, your body needs to do a lot of work to replenish itself in order to bring itself back to a normal state (the way it was before you worked out). This takes a lot of energy, and some studies have shown that it can boost your metabolism for up to 38 hours after you finish your workout.
Not only that, but strength training can help increase your metabolism by speeding up your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR). This is because it takes your body more calories to maintain muscle than it does to maintain fat. Estimates are that for every 1 lb of muscle you gain, your RMR goes up 30-50 calories!