• Can weight training help with weight loss?
    Exercise,  Fitness tips

    Can weight training help with weight loss?

    Exercise is an important part of any weight management paradigm. Aerobic exercise should be prescribed for every person attempting to lose weight and a resistance training program used to support metabolism. Weight loss via dietary restriction alone negatively impacts metabolism. Hypometabolism increases with caloric deficient diets beyond what would be expected from the loss of fat free mass (FFM). This state of hypometabolism causes energy conservation which makes dietary restriction less efficient over time. In a calorie reduced diet, when an individual reaches about 10% weight loss, total energy expenditure (TEE) decreases beyond what could be expected due to deceases in FFM. This reflects the body becoming increasingly energy conserving…

  • Thoughts on strength, motor performance, hypertrophy and body composition and resistance training
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    Thoughts on strength, motor performance, hypertrophy and body composition and resistance training

    Athletes and recreational fitness enthusiasts, and people recovering from illness have many common goals (Fleck & Kraemer, 2014). For the athlete, the goals are generally driven by performance outcomes and for the fitness enthusiast health and wellness. However, what is clear many of the goals overlap. Depending on the individual’s training status and level of conditioning various training parameters will be appropriate for the benefits desired (Fleck & Kraemer, 2014; McArdle, Katch, & Katch, 2015). Variables such as length of training period is important to desired results as initial training adaptation during the first four to six weeks is probably due to voluntary activation and not significant changes in muscle…

  • 5 reasons you need to be weight training as you get older
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    5 Great Reasons You Need To Be Weight Training

    Have you been going to the gym and hitting the cardio machines? Walking, running or cycling outdoors? That’s great news! In fact, awesome. You are doing more than most Americans, keep it up! Now, have you been resistance training? If so, great! If not, why not? Lack of time? Don’t have access to “equipment”? Don’t know how? Don’t know why? In this post, we’ll explore the whys and hows of resistance (aka weight or strength) training.