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Why Weight Lifting for Weight Loss is No Joke for Super Fast Results

Why Weight Lifting for Weight Loss is No Joke for Super Fast Results

Weight lifting is no joke! You can weight lift a few times per week and yield massive results in regards to your weight loss journey, all while getting stronger, more jacked, and feeling great!

In this article, we’ll take a deeper look into weight lifting and things that you probably never knew about it, and how you can get started with it.

What is weight lifting?

Let’s first examine what weight lifting entails.

There’s one internationally know form of weight lifting which relates to Olympic Weight Lifting — the super strong men and women you see competing in the international Olympic Games. There is actually some debate in the Powerlifting world as to whether or not the sport should be considered for the Olympic Games as it’s neighbour sport Weight Lifting already does.

The reason I bring this up is because (if you don’t already know) I’m a Powerlifter, meaning I compete (occasionally) in the sport of Powerlifting, which entails another form of lifting weight (“weight lifting”) in the Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift movements respectively.

A Powerlifter can compete at his/her weight class and age division, and qualify (depending on the competition) to compete in large federations such as the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), USA Powerlifting (USAPL), Canadian Powerlifting Federation (CPF) to name a few. I would argue that these large federations are akin to the Olympic Games in many ways from regulatory requirements, drug testing, and more, but let’s surmise that the following forms of lifting weight are to be considered for this article:

  1. Olympic Weight Lifting (Snatch, Power Clean, Jerk, Front Squat)[1]
  2. Powerlifting (Back Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift)[2]
  3. Powerbuilding (Over Head Press, Bent Over Row)[3]
  4. CrossFit (Snatch, Power Clean, Front Squat, Over Head Press, Jerk)[4]

You may notice bodybuilding is not mentioned here, however I did include a term known as ‘Powerbuilding’; it’s quite simple really.

Powerbuilding is basic heavy compound movements for building physical and central nervous system (CNS) strength, whereas bodybuilding focuses on smaller/individual muscular growth/hypertrophy.

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CrossFit has been included as it adopts movements from other weight lifting sports (Olympic Weight Lifting, Powerlifting).

Weight lifting for weight loss, how?

Performing the aforementioned weight lifting movements you can work large groups of muscles with minimal time!

Beyond that simple fact, you will also get an amazing cardio vascular workout while performing the higher repetition Olympic Weight Lifting and CrossFit movements, AND while performing the lower repetition Powerlifting and Powerbuilding movements.

Weight lifting comes down to simple math quite frankly. It’s based on the amount of weight you’re lifting, multiplied by the number of reps, multiplied by the number of sets. This simple formula gives you a daily volume, and when compounded over a week – a weekly volume.

Here’s an example:

Squats 5 sets of 5 (25 total reps) x 150lbs = 3,750lbs in total volume.

Your total volume is reflective of your workload for the day, or week, and to some degree dictates how much muscular growth you’ll have, and how much weight loss you’ll achieve.

In order to lose weight performing weight lifting movements, you will need to achieve a minimum daily or weekly volume total. You can set a weekly volume target of 10,000 lbs for example, and all the weight lifting you perform during the week should total 10,000 lbs lifted.

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Now when you lift 10,000 lbs for the week, you’re almost guaranteed to build muscle or lose weight, unless eating an excessive amount of food (which would be quite counter productive).

When you work your body consistently, such as reaching 10,000 lbs weekly weight lifting volume, your body’s metabolism will begin to speed-up to keep up with it’s need to utilise/burn fats as energy. Your body will also become very efficient at utilising its resources for recovery.

Since you’re now calculating daily and weekly volume, you can also consider your daily and weekly caloric intake – I suggest downloading an app such as MyFitnessPal , and entering your weight loss goals to determine your daily caloric goals.

How weightlifting works

Weight lifting in general will yield 3 benefits:

  1. Cardiovascular development, second
  2. Optimising metabolic function
  3. Improving Human Growth Hormone (HGH) development

All of these will result in weight loss from weight lifting, however I would like to specifically focus on the HGH side.

Men and women experience this development and growth of HGH. In the case of women, consider the Biologically Active Growth Hormone. Let’s examine two studies of Men and Women with regards to Weight lifting:

A study published in the Dec 2006 issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism looked at different forms of growth hormone, used different testing methods, and varied weight training regimens. The research found that the role of growth hormone in women’s muscle development may be more complicated than previously thought.

The study’s principal author, William J. Kraemer said:[5]

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We found that growth hormone was responsive to moderate and heavy exercise regimens having 3-12 repetitions with varying weight loading. Women need to have heavy loading cycle or workout in their resistance training routines, as it helps to build muscle and bone.

Next, Brazilian scientists have specifically studied if and how much eccentric weight lifting affected growth hormone (GH) levels. The researchers took measurements of lactic acid and GH in all 16 of the lifters before the workout and then continued to monitor the levels of those chemicals for 30min post-workout.

Both lactate and GH levels were higher in the men who took 3 seconds to lower the weight, but 15 minutes after the workout, the GH of the eccentric lifters was an incredible, hand-clapping, 17 times higher than that of the quick lifters. The specific summary findings were as follows:

Muscular adaptations result from a multifactorial process involving mechanical, metabolic, and immune/inflammatory factors in addition to various hormonal responses. Therefore, if the emphasis in resistance training periodization is to induce a greater acute metabolic stress and GH response, we recommend manipulating the eccentric movement velocity.

I specifically referenced a study that examined how a male weight lifts to increase GH response, because the simple fact should be widely known that weight lifting will undoubtedly yield a response in growth hormone in men.

How to start weight lifting

To start tracking weight lifting, you can download an app such as Strong Lifts to help track your weight lifting workouts.

Alternatively, you can download preset program templates such as The Texas Method by Mark Rippetoe, or 5-3-1 by Jim Wendler.

Hop on some forums such as BodyBuilding.com, or visit T-Nation.com for great weight lifting advice.

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As a fitness coach, you can also check out my profile for my health and fitness YouTube channel for specific workout videos and advice!

Stay consistent and keep yourself honest – meaning don’t miss workouts and expect amazing results.

I also suggest you integrate intermittent fasting (“IF”) into your weekly routine — fasting 16-18hrs every few days. You’ll gain so many benefits in terms of boosts to metabolism, and HGH production, that you’ll be shedding weight in no time.

Conclusion

Whether you’re considering high repetition weight lifting such as CrossFit, or leaning more towards lower repetition training styles such as Olympic Weight Lifting or Powerlifting, as long as you stay consistent and honest you’ll see results!

Stay on top of the numbers (daily, weekly volume, and calories), track your progress, and watch the extra fat fall off your body while you get super strong!

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] Wikipedia: Olympic weightlifting
[2] Wikipedia: Powerlifting
[3] BodyBuilding.com: Powerbuilding
[4] Wikipedia: CrossFit
[5] Kraemer, Jeff S. Volek, Barry A. Spiering and Carl M. Maresh of the University of Connecticut, Storrs; Bradley C. Nindl, U.S Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, Natick, Mass.; James O. Marx, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Lincoln A. Gotshalk, University of Hawaii at Hilo; Jill A. Bush, University of Houston, Texas; and Jill R. Welsch, Andrea M. Mastro and Wesley C. Hymer, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn. The The American Physiological Society published the study: Chronic Resistance Training in Women Potentiates Growth Hormone in Vivo Bioactivity: Characterization of Molecular Mass Variants

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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