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Ask the Trainer: "How does resistance training help me lose weight?”

Ask the Trainer: "How does resistance training help me lose weight?”

Christian Agudelo, Earvin Bahena, Spencer O'Neil

Christian Agudelo, ACSM - CPT

Strength training is important for weight loss because muscle helps you burn more calories. The more muscle you have on your body the higher your  metabolism. When doing cardio you are burning a good amount of calories. But when you stop and your heart rate comes down that high calorie burn stops. When you resistance train you are still burning calories after the fact for hours.


Earvin Bahena, NSCA - CSCS

Resistance training is part of an equation that helps you lose weight, along with nutrition and cardio. These 3 are important to losing weight and each should be looked into. When it comes to resistance training, you are building muscle mass and losing body fat so you are increasing your RMR. (resting metabolic rate) That means you are burning more calories daily without needing to do anything. Not only are you burning more calories outside of resistance training but also during as doing certain workout programs help you burn more calories. (ie: high intensity workouts such as the Hurricanes we do here at Fitness Together)

Spencer O'Neil, NASM- CPT

Resistance training is important for weight loss because it is the best way to improve our Lean Body Mass. The reason we want to increase our lean muscle mass is because it allows our body to continuously burn more calories through our metabolism. Because your Lean Body Mass is correlated to your Basal Metabolic Rate when we increase our lean mass we also increase our calorie expenditure while at rest. Constant increase of calorie expenditure while at rest allows us much more flexibility at combating obesity and other health related problems.