Do you step on a scale the day after you weight train and see a jump in pounds? Don't get discouraged! Weight fluctuation is normal with weight training. Here's why.
When you train your muscles, it causes mini tears in them, which is how muscle growth occurs. This is where the possible muscle soreness and the fluid retention in the muscle happens. It may last for a few days. But don't stop lifting because of it! Your body is adjusting to the muscle growth and fat loss. The number on the scale will be deceiving. Focus on inches lost. One pound of fat is larger in mass than one pound of muscle, which is compact. When your clothes are fitting looser too, that's a more reliable sign that you're reducing your fat percentage and increasing in lean mass.
That's Why I Avoid Weights! I just Wanna Be Toned!
LADIES! Please don't get scared of lifting weights! We're not genetically engineered to turn into the Incredible Hulk when we go heavy and hard on the weights. We actually become toned. That's right! You've been throwing that word around without realizing that it's another word way to describe muscle! That firm, jiggle free, shapely form you admire is from well-worked muscle!
So, Should I go Light Or Heavy?
It depends on your goals! If you want to tighten the physique and lose weight, high reps with low weights can help. If you want to build muscle, go for high weights and low reps.
Ultimately, you should switch off between the two so you build your strength and your endurance. In this awesome article, it goes more in depth about the benefits of training both ways in order to challenge your fast twitch and slow twitch muscles.
Remember, muscles = a stronger your body, more shapely, better support to your skeletal system, and more calorie burn! Don't be afraid to work them!
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