Why You Should Lift Heavier Weights

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We cannot tell you how often we have heard the phrase, "I can't lift heavy weights; I bulk up."
Well here's the truth: heavy weights don't make you bulk up; what you eat does.
Yikes. Reality bites (into cupcakes. and pizza. and mexican food. and cookies. and ice cream) sometimes, huh?
At Get Fit, you will hear trainers encourage you to lift heavy weights during your classes--especially during strength week, and it's not because we want American Gladiator-looking physiques strolling around town in our Get Fit clothing. In our classes, lifting heavy weights will NOT make you look like a body builder.
There are actually so many benefits to lifting heavy weights that will optimize your performance.
1. Lifting heavy weights helps build muscle and strength.
Obviously. In order to build muscle, you've got to challenge it.
Having more muscle on your body can lower your risk of getting cancer. More muscle also means stronger bones, which lowers your chances of getting osteoporosis.
2. Lifting heavy weights helps you tone up.
Whether you're 120 pounds or 250 pounds, if you want to tone up your body, you absolutely HAVE to lift heavy weights. Toning up your body is dependent on two things: losing body fat AND increasing the size of muscles to create that "toned" shape. So you HAVE to go heavy on weights if you want to see definition.
3. Lifting heavy weights leads to losing body fat and burning more calories.
When you lift heavier weights, you lean out your muscles.When you have lean muscle mass, your muscles contract more frequently, which causes you to burn more calories. When you lift heavy, you put your body in metabolic stress, which leads to burning more calories. Burning more calories leads to fat loss. Resistance training/lifting weights actually burns more calories than a cardio exercise because your body is burning fat during the workout and continues to burn calories when the workout is over.
4. Lifting heavy weights allows you to COMPETE.
With yourself. When you challenge yourself to lift heavier weights, you are proving to yourself what you are capable of. Our trainers will always encourage you to lift heavier during strength week, but it is up to Y O U whether or not you actually push yourself.
5. Lifting heavy weights helps you sleep better.
You will fall asleep faster, wake up less in the middle of the night, and sleep more soundly. zzzzZZZZZ
So the next time you pick up a weight in class, challenge yourself to grab something 5-10 pounds heavier than what you are use to. Always go a little heavier than you think you are capable of--you will more than likely surprise yourself with how much weight you can actually lift.

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