Some people and a fair few coaches in different sports think that gym, weights and strength training for weight loss is a waste of time, I think it depends on the type of training in these areas you do that will help build a strong base and foundation and at the same time help you achieve your weight loss goals faster.
This is the fourth installment in the Weight Loss for Sports :: Eating for Sports series.
Alot of people think that when they train in the gym they will put on an incredible amount of muscle in a very short time, they don’t realize that this takes time to do that, my point is that gym, weights and strength training has its place in weight loss and if your sport doesn’t have you hitting the gym a few times a week you should look at adding it into your weight loss program.
By adding a little more muscle to your frame you indirectly speed up your metabolism, not only through the training you are doing but also the fact is you have to feed your muscles to help them recover, this makes you use more calories throughout the day and in turn helps you achieve the more calories out than going in that I covered in diet and nutrition.
Another great thing about hitting the gym or even doing just body weight exercises is that you can build up strength and endurance in key areas, this is important for injury prevention long term too and also good if you are coming back off an injury, if you aren’t lifting heavy and training to put on alot of muscle, generally you won’t, if you keep training for your sport and per say put in a total body workout that takes up half an hour to forty five minutes two to three times a week you are going to put on a little muscle as your body adapts but more importantly you are going to burn some calories.
The good thing about this type of training for weight loss is that the fat burning continues well after you have finished training, so if you weight train in the morning, your burning calories through the day.
Combine into your training program, weight training with your normal sport training and maybe a few cardio activities like sprint work, walking or running and you have a great recipe for weight loss and also, over time as the weight comes off you will notice most of these exercises get easier to do and you will achieve more in less time.
As you progress too you might just keep lifting light weights with higher reps if your sport does not include weight training, just mix up the exercises a bit to keep your body guessing.
If you want a decent total body workout there are plenty of ideas and full programs on the internet, as an alternative ask your coach where to look or for ideas, most sports have some sort of weight training these days or there is someone in the club that trains in the gym, remember it is finding the piece of the puzzle that suits you and helps you with achieving your goal which in this case is weight loss.
Always consult with an expert if you are unsure about anything, more importantly if you are coming back off an injury and you aren’t playing at a level where you have a full rehab program outlined for you, you will probably need to consult with someone so you are doing the right exercises for you and you aren’t’ going to injure yourself again when training for weight loss.
So keep your eyes on the weight loss prize and go move some iron!
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