In my last article I discussed the merits of different types of Cardio training methods for fat loss purposes. These ranged from long, slow cardio sessions such as distance running, to short high intensity cardio workouts such as battling rope sessions.
Here is the link to the Cardio Training for Fat Loss article.
Today we shall take a look at training for fat loss from an entirely different perspective.
This article will explore the benefits of muscle building workouts for your fat loss goals.
It seems counter-intuitive. Why would someone concern themselves with building muscle when their goal is to burn fat?
Well let me explain...
Muscle is a very metabolically active tissue. Basically, that means, the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn on a day to day basis.
Now you don't need to become the next Arnold Schwarzenegger. In fact, relatively modest increases in muscle mass will do wonders for turning your body into a fat burning furnace.
So in addition to incorporating a combination of different cardio training methods, an optimal fat loss training programme will also include a certain amount of training designed to build muscle.
Does that mean hitting the gym, pumping iron and lifting heavy weights?
Certainly, that's an effective way to build muscle. And realistically, if you wish to add as much muscle to your frame as possible, then you probably can't afford to avoid the iron.
But if you're just interested in adding a small amount of muscle to a slight figure then alternative training options will work just fine if you would prefer to train away from the gym environment.
I sense an article on bodyweight training for muscle building may be just around the corner...
Have a great day!