I say friend, especially if you’re looking to lose weight, tone up, or build muscle. Weightlifting can help different types of people achieve drastically different goals—the key lies in your workout plan. It’s like eating. If you take fifty people and give them each the same amount of money to buy food for the year, at the end of that year, they won’t all look the same. How they look depends on the quality of food they purchase, the quantity of food they eat, and how often they eat it. Although all were given the same amount of money to work with, they will have different results based on what they did with that money.

Weightlifting works the same way. We each are given the same amount of time during the week: 7 days, 168 hours, 10,080 minutes, or 604,800 seconds. Our long-term results will be the outcome of how we spend our time. What is the quality of our workouts? How often do we exercise? What type of weightlifting are we doing? Are we doing 15 repetitions or eight? Are we doing big movements or small ones? Determining your goals prior to starting your workout plan will help you choose the right path to get where you want to go.

Not everyone who lifts will get the same results. If you want to lose weight, follow a workout plan that supports weight loss. If you want to tone your body, follow a plan that helps burn fat and create lean muscle. If you want to build bigger muscles, plan your lifting days accordingly and do an appropriate number of repetitions.

Weightlifting doesn’t equal bulk. In many cases, extremely muscular individuals drink protein powder or take other supplements to help support greater muscle growth. If you don’t want that result, you can choose a different path. If you’re seeking to build big muscle, I recommend learning the basics and establishing a lifting routine before considering supplementation. It’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program or taking supplements.

I like weightlifting. I welcome the challenge it presents and the excitement of achieving goals. I enjoy pushing myself and the sweaty glow after a workout well done. Are you thinking of starting a strength-training routine? Please post any questions you may have, and I’ll try to get you started on the right foot.

Lift smart. Love hard. Stay positive.



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