Setting Priorities

Whether your goal is to gain weight, maintain weight, or lose weight, prioritizing strength training is the way to go. The stronger you are overall at any given body weight, the more muscle and less fat you’ll carry.
If weight loss is your goal, I urge you to think of it as “fat loss” rather than “general weight loss.” The goal is not to just be a proportionately smaller version of your current self and potentially end up being “skinny-fat,” it is to lose as much fat as possible and retain as much muscle as possible.

Basic heavy strength training, prioritizing compound movements with some high rep targeted movements sprinkled in, is the best approach to hypertrophy training. What builds muscle best during periods of caloric surpluses also maintains muscle best during periods of caloric deficits. More muscle equals less fat, better shape, and a higher metabolism.


12 Reasons You Should Start Lifting Weights

Weight lifting can help you lose the fat, build muscle, and so much more. Here’s why you should do it!

Just because you’re not vying for 20-inch biceps or thunderously strong thighs like the muscle heads in the gym doesn’t mean you should shun the weight room. Lifting weights gives you an edge over belly fat, stress, heart disease, and cancer—and it’s also the single most effective way to look hot in a bikini. Yet somehow women are still hesitant: Only about a fifth of females strength train two or more times a week.

Here are 12 reasons you shouldn’t live another day without hitting the weights. Read More