A few days ago, a dear friend of mine called me up with a worried voice. She told me that since she started weight training with her trainer six weeks ago, she was actually feeling bigger and had experienced no significant weight loss. “Am I doing the right thing?” she asked. “Why is this not working?”
That experience of a period of bloating and weight gain is something I hear from many women I train with, but it’s only temporary! At the beginning of an aggressive resistance program, the muscle fibers break down. That’s one of the reasons why we get sore after a tough strength training workout. As those fibers heal, your muscle build. Another thing that happens is water retention, since the body is in a state of healing. You may feel bloated or bigger for a while, but then with proper hydration, rest and stretching, the muscles slowly heal, the body gets used to the added force and tadaaaaa — results!
The fact is that combined right, and implemented slowly, resistance training for muscle endurance and mass is the MOST effective way to sculpt a lean, healthy body! Building a dense muscle will make your body into a calorie burning machine, and soon you will reap the benefits of both strength and a revved up metabolism.
Week 5 assignment: Get strong
I recommend gradually building up a resistance routine. If you aren’t ready to invest in a lot of equipment, being with exercises that use your own body weight to build up strength, such as push-ups, leg-ups and sit-ups. Yoga is also a great way to add strength training to your existing routine. When you’re ready, add weight training DVDs and resistance equipment.
I promise you’ll love what you get out of strength training. As a new client exclaimed to me the other day, “I cannot believe I waited so long! Not only do I feel like I have endless energy, but my husband sends his love and says thank you!”
Please let me know how it goes and Live Life Loud!
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