There is nothing worse than losing muscle, but the simple fact is that from the ago of 30 and on everyone will gradually lose about a half a pound of muscle a year. It doesn’t matter if you are a man or woman – on average you are going to lose muscle.
This brings about the often talked about question, which is better for you aerobic exercise or strength training? Now they both have their benefits and are needed by everyone to enjoy overall good health. But I want to share with you ONE Major reason why you want to make sure you are getting enough strength training in your daily program.
The reason is that only strength training or progressive resistance training will halt that half a pound of muscle wasting.
Aerobic training doesn’t slow down that muscle loss. So if you ONLY do aerobic exercises – you should think about adding some type of weight training.
You don’t have to join a gym or start lifting weights. But you need to do some type of progressive resistance training. Body weight exercises fit into the category.
The key to any weight training program is to continual stress the muscles. If you are using weights or body weight exercises you can….
- Increase the weights – that’s why it is called progressive resistance.
- Increase the number of repetitions or sets.
- Decrease the amount of rest between sets.
The last two suggestions may only apply to body weight exercises like push-ups and pull-ups that you can do with the Work Horse.
The reason why strength training can slow down the muscle loss has a lot to do with the increased production of testosterone and human growth hormones. The more intense the workout – the more testosterone and human growth hormones you produce.
One of the reasons I'm a fan of burst training or interval training often called high intensity interval training is that it stimulates the fast twitch, anaerobic muscle fibers that give off the biggest surge of testosterone and growth hormones. Plus the workouts are shorter which can be a good thing for a lot of people.
The simple fact that aerobic exercise is low to moderate intensity should explain why you don’t get the surge in testosterone and growth hormones, which are responsible for helping you burn stored body fat and adding lean muscle. So if you are stuck on a plateau and can’t figure out why you can’t get rid of those extra few inches, take a look at your workout, maybe you need a tune-up.
FYI...if you are looking for a good pick me-up before and after your workout, that isn't a stimulant but will help you regulate those stress hormones after your workout don't forget about some adrenal support to help your body deal with all the additional physical stress you are taxing it with.