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Weight Training For Fat Loss Not Muscle Building

By Russ Howe

Weight training is often mistaken as a bodybuilding method rather than a fat loss method.

But the fact is, resistance training has been scientifically proven to elevate our body's fat burning ability.

In a twist which may surprise many of you out there reading this, it has even been shown to be more effective than cardiovascular exercise! That is, a specific type of resistance training. Today, we will explain exactly what it is and how you can do.

The specific type of resistance training referred to here is H.I.R.T., otherwise known as high intensity resistance training.

However, if you want to burn fat you do not need to do endless reps with light weights. This does go against the gym myths from decades before us, but clinical studies prove that pushing yourself with heavier weights and for fewer reps will yield greater results for you. So dispel any thoughts of fitness classes which encourage you to lift empty barbells and ankle weights. To get the most from resistance training, we must go heavier.

The muscle building process which is kick-started following a weights workout is known as hypertrophy. The key factor here is that a session based around hypertrophy will use carbohydrates as it's main fuel during the workout. Not fat.

Do not let that fact fool you.

That's because this anabolic response creates a procedure within the human body known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. This flips the fuel burning rule book out of the window and places our carbohdrate stores on temporary lockdown, forcing us to use fat as our primary source of fuel in the hours which follow a gym workout. Now you should be beginning to see the real advantages of high intensity weight lifting...

By training so hard we use carbs as our primary fuel in the gym, we allow ourselves the luxury of using fat as our primary fuel for up to sixteen hours after we finish training! That's considerably more fat than we could burn if we stayed at a low intensity and used it as our primary fuel source while training.

But how do you actually do this style of training?

While the fat burning process your body endures may sound complex, the training style is certainly not. Take a look how most people use weights in your local gym and you will see how many people are missing out on potentially incredible results by taking too much rest, talking in groups between sets, and so on. That's normal gym practice.

If you are aiming for high intensity resistance training, however, that is not what you should be doing.

Try jamming a few exercises together into a circuit, keeping your rep range in the 10-20 range to allow all muscle fibers to be fully worked. By taking zero rest periods between each exercise you will get considerably more done in the gym in less time. You'll also force the body to utilize the monstrous fat burning procedure we explained above.

Studies confirm that not only is H.I.R.T. great for fat loss, it is even superior to aerobic cardio exercise. Given that this is by far the most popular training method in mainstream gyms today, there are a lot of people reading this article who will have just discovered valuable new training information. Have fun implementing it.

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