Resistance Training for Weight Loss

Resistance training- what is it, and how can it help you? Here’s a quick rundown of why certain exercises are incorporated into your workouts, but as always, seek out your Coach with more questions!

How does resistance training help with fat loss?

Your daily energy expenditure is largely determined by your “resting metabolic rate” (RMR) which is the amount of energy you use at rest to keep your body functioning normally. RMR is determined also by the amount of lean muscle mass you have, so increasing your lean muscle mass through resistance or strength training will increase your RMR too.

What sort of resistance training will increase fat loss?

Strength training using large muscle groups involving multiple joint movements is best for increasing lean muscle mass. Movements such as squats, bench press, lat pulldowns and lunges are great exercises that your EFM Coach can assist you with.

Will strength training make muscles huge and bulky?

This is a common misconception, but the short answer is no. Moderate intensity resistance training using large muscle groups 2 to 3 times a week is not enough to make anyone the incredible hulk! It will increase muscle mass & give the appearance of slightly more defined muscles with a decrease in overall body-fat.