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Posted: August 21, 2013 in Rants
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Lifting Weights- Good or Bad?

Okay so Ladies there seems to be a lot of misconceptions and stereotype’s when It comes to lifting weights. The Comment’s I hear most is… Drumroll… “I don’t want to lift weights because I don’t want to bulk up”! And “I’m going to gain muscle and not lose weight If I do crossfit”

Well here are some interesting facts I found-

1. “It’s physiologically impossible,” says Michael Wood, director of the Sports Performance Group in Cambridge, Mass., and an exercise physiologist at Tufts Research Center on Aging. The reason? Testosterone is responsible for a muscle’s bulk, and women simply don’t have enough of this predominantly male hormone to build Schwarzenegger-sized bulges. “Because muscle is denser than fat, strength training actually makes muscles shapelier,” Wood says.

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2. Too much cardio can impair the production of the thyroid hormone T3″. Why is T3 important? It is the main regulator of your metabolism. If your T3 production is impaired, that is called Hypothyroidism. That term may sound familiar to you, because Hypothyroidism is the dreaded hormone imbalance that causes your metabolism to slow to a crawl, and causes your body to “accumulate fat with ease, almost regardless of physical activity level.” You can check out the full science behind this here.

But in a nutshell: Lots O’ Cardio + Insufficient Calories = Fat.

3. Crossfit workouts requires you to complete a short cardiovascular bout, such as running a quarter-mile, then move directly into a few strength training exercises, like squats, push-ups and deadlifts. Activities are completed one after the other and all incorporate the large muscles in your body. This keeps your heart rate up throughout the entire workout, which typically lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. CrossFit therefore will result in a significant number of calories burned during each workout session, but because it will cause an increase in lean muscle mass, also increases your resting metabolic rate. Muscle tissue requires calories to maintain function and structure. This means you’ll burn more calories at all times of the day, including while you’re sleeping.

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4. You know that losing fat involves increasing your metabolism. What you may not know is that muscle plays a huge role in raising metabolism. A pound of muscle burns about 10-20 calories a day while a pound of fat burns 5 calories. That means any growth in your muscle tissue is going to help you burn more calories all day long. In fact, strength training has all kinds of great effects on your body like:
•Increasing resting metabolic rate so you burn more calories, even while at rest.
•Making you lean and slim–muscle takes up less space than fat so, the more you have, the slimmer you are
•Strengthening bones and connective tissue, which can protect your body from injuries in daily life
•Enhancing balance and stability
•Building confidence and self-esteem

5. Bottom Line- Ladies, quit killing yourselves with cardio. Skinny doesn’t look good anyway!

  1. nicolemkurz says:

    Great post! Your link on #2 isn’t there though, and I would love to read the sourced article if you have the info?

    • boxgrl81 says:

      Thank you! And as for #2 I didn’t even realize I Didn’t have a link there and now I cant find where I got that info 😦 I’m still new to this I guess I need to double check stuff when I’m done b4 I post it. Sry.

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