Training with weights increases muscle mass, and the more muscle your body possesses, the faster your metabolism will be. In order to keep your metabolism going, you need to burn energy, and every pound of muscle you have burns energy even when you are at rest—a great reason to add weight training to your metabolic makeover! By implementing a solid strength-training program, a person could burn up to approximately 400–500 calories per hour. Depending on an individual’s weight, the amount of muscle they have, and training intensity—these numbers could easily double. Determining what type of weight-training program is best for you really depends on what you want to achieve with your physique. The obvious goal is reviving the metabolism through building muscle, but if you are a bodybuilder or other type of competitive athlete, you would need a more advanced workout than the average person who may not have been utilizing resistance training at all prior to learning how to rev up the metabolism. Unless you are a competitive bodybuilder and plan your training phases in weeks and months to correspond with a specific competition, it’s better to create a longer term training program. You want to make certain you don’t burn yourself out right off the bat with your workout plan. To do this, set your long-term goal of how much total fat and inches you’d like to trim and how many pounds you would like to lose altogether. From that point, you need to break things down into shorter term goals. For instance, in the first month, you’d like to lose so much and determine what you need to do in order to reach that goal, then figure on a three-month, six-month, nine-month, and year-end goal.
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