Weightlifting Isn’t About Being a Weird, Muscled, Gym Person

Weightlifting Isn’t About Being a Weird, Muscle-bound, Gym Person
Wintertime Dusk at the Gym

Weightlifting Isn’t About Being a Weird, Muscled, Gym Person

We all know about the muscle-head, weightlifting stereotype. It’s amazing how many folks are firmly entrenched in the belief that to enter a gym & pick up a dumbbell is to embrace this image for themselves.

Bulging muscle, almost freakishly large. 80’s signature clothing perfectly ripped in perfect, random locations showcasing perfect rippling strength beneath perfectly tanned skin. Often a harsh & aggressive personality, if not downright ferocious. Accompanying the absence of intellect on any subject other than the human physique.

It’s amazing how very few gym-goers actually fit this stereotype.

But, Please understand, I Don’t Want to Be a Bodybuilder!

Most don’t. Neither do we. The fact is that most bodybuilders are bodybuilders because they have a mesomorphic body type & they possess the correct genetics. Not to mention they have the desire to become bodybuilders.

Very rarely will a man or woman grow more muscle mass than they want.

Weightlifting Isn't About Being a Weird, Muscle-bound, Gym Person

  • Ectomorphic: long, thin muscle & low fat storage. Not predisposed to store fat or build muscle.
  • Mesomorphic: large bones, above average muscle mass. Predisposed to build muscle.
  • Endomorphic: medium bone structure, wide hips. Predisposed to store fat.

Weightlifting Isn't About Being a Weird, Muscle-bound, Gym Person

Weightlifting? What’s In It For Me?

Weight-training. It’s not about being a self-absorbed, body-image hound. It’s about being able to do a half-squat, so that you can get off the toilet your whole life, without help. It’s about keeping your dignity. It’s about keeping your muscle. That’s definitely worth ONE HOUR per WEEK in the gym.

It’s Important for EVERYONE to Weight Train Once a Week!

Sometime between the ages of 25 – 35 you start to lose half a pound of muscle per year. Unfortunately, a lost muscle fibre can never be re-gained. Year after year, as the muscle fibre loss accumulates, the amount of calories you burn, while at rest, decreases as well. This is why people seem to replace muscle with fat as they age.

However, if you weight train, you keep most of your muscle. You also build up the existing muscle mass while you’re at it! (meaning – grow more contractile units into the existing muscle fibres).

Weightlifting Isn't About Being a Weird, Muscle-bound, Gym Person
Tony Leong maintaining his muscle mass!

It’s all about the metabolism. A slow metabolism can sustain a hibernating bear, without eating, for months. So, do you want your metabolism to be slow?

No!

Do you want your metabolism to be fast?

Yes!

Why? A faster metabolism consumes more calories than a slower metabolism.

Muscles are the engines that burn calories. More muscle equals a faster metabolism! Increased metabolism will burn more calories for as long as you have that muscle density – even while sleeping!

Increased muscle mass = Increased metabolism = Increased calories burned = Increased fat loss!

We highly recommend that EVERYONE weight train with correct form, impeccable posture & an effective amount of weight or resistance (although for some people a physician’s clearance may be necessary).

Weightlifting Helps To Control Blood Sugar & Thereby Further Controls Weight

Increased muscle mass helps the body to manage blood sugar levels. Meaning, you can get away with a little more sugar (or alcohol, bread, potatoes, pasta).

Why would you worry about your blood sugar levels anyway?

Because of Diabetes II! And because of the insulin reaction! If you have too much sugar in your blood, it’s turned to fat!

To find out more about what this means click here > Why Juice Makes People Fat.

Six More Incredible Benefits of Weight Lifting!

  1. Improves Posture & Creates a More Shapely Body
  2. Strengthens Bones, Ligaments, Tendons & therefore your joints!
  3. Boosts Stamina (activities of daily living become easier)
  4. Improves Focus, State of Mind & Self-esteem
  5. Improves Stability & Balance & Agility
  6. Decreases Likelihood of Injury

If you happen to be a true mesomorph & start to become “too big”, then weight train once every two weeks … or even only once a month.

Really, the main goal is to preserve your muscle mass & prevent it from disappearing as you get older. The good news is that you only have to Weight Train Once a Week!

Please contact us if you’d like guidance with weight-training: leongorthopaedichealth@gmail.com.

– LEONG Orthopaedic Health

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