Thinking about adding weight lifting into your training regimen? Well, bear in mind there are some radical side effects with weight training that you should be prepared for and aware of. Let’s talk about 10 key points to take into consideration before you begin…
1. You will gain self-confidence. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself standing taller and feeling better than you ever have.
2. You will become stronger. Strength gain is a major side-effect. So, if you find yourself suddenly not needing to ask for help opening the peanut butter jar, not needing the assistance of a cart to carry your groceries, or suddenly doing unassisted pull-ups, then you might be a weight lifter!RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
3. You will fit into your clothes better.
That’s right. You will inevitably fit into clothing sizes you’ve only dreamed of. A very common side-effect of weight lifting is weight-loss and positive changes in body composition, so unless you want to be happier with your body than you’ve ever been in your life, then you might want to remain on the couch.
4. You will be able to eat more calories.
Muscle mass has about three times the metabolic rate of fat, and therefore needs more nutrients for sustainability. There’s a reason why the thin and lean Michael Phelps eats upward of 10,000 calories per day (and same with many other athletes) – his body would wither away without the calorie upkeep.
Although we may not be able to eat 10,000 calories each day for sustainable weight and health, we will still be able to consume MORE than we normally would as we build muscle mass. Such a rough life having to eat more food guilt-free, so stop while you’re ahead and put the weights down!
5. Your sex life and sex drive will increase. Very rarely does anyone desire a better sex life, but lifting weights will deliver this nasty side-effect. Not only will exercise get your feel-good hormones running on high alert, but the added body confidence you get from looking and feeling better will transfer to the bedroom as much as it will outside of it. Again… put the weights down before you have to experience any of this!
6. Your stress levels will decrease. Due to higher levels of dopamine, serotonin and other ‘feel good’ hormones that are released during weight training and exercise, you will find that you are riding on Cloud 9 a little more than usual. Toss in an improved sex life, and you may have bitten off more than you can chew!
7. You will throw out the scale. Yep, toss it right in the trash. With your newfound confidence in your new body composition, you’ll no longer gauge ‘health’ by a number on the scale. You’ll be too busy gauging it by how much weight you are lifting, how much strength you are gaining, and by how you look dang good in those jeans you are wearing.
8. You may be the recipient of more compliments than usual. Now that your arms are more toned, your legs are strong and defined, and your glutes look amazing in that spandex, you may find yourself getting more compliments than usual and may get a lot of questions like, “How do I get my arms to look like yours?” Be prepared.
9. You’ll have more energy. Gone will be the days where you’re exhausted trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of life. Now that you have more muscle mass, you will fatigue much slower than usual and your body will conserve energy a lot more efficiently. We are very apologetic for this crippling side-effect of lifting weights!
10. You will fall in love with yourself. Sorry to say, but with all the added self-confidence and self-esteem, you will find that you have never been happier being in your own skin!
As you can see, adding weight lifting into your workout routine is not something to do without also carefully weighing-in on the many side-effects associated with it. Begin lifting weights at your own risk, and just know that if you start, statistics show it’s difficult to stop!
Begin lifting at your own risk and don’t say we didn’t warn you!
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