Do you want to be able to see muscle in your arms, legs and abs, but feel like you’re just spinning your wheels with your efforts? Want to feel strong and capable, and excited to work out?
Specifically, do you avoid the “dreadmill” at all costs, and skip the joint aches and pains that often accompany traditional cardio workouts?
I’m Jen Sinkler. I’ve spent over a decade as a fitness editor, writer and personal trainer, and I’m p ionate about providing information that will change your life in a way that doesn’t patronize or bore you (unfortunately, these often seem to be your options).
I want to tell you why so many people work their s off, with nothing to show for it. I want to tell you why so many people just like you have been conditioned to training, and in particular, cardio.
I get it. I’ve been there. In fact, it’s only because I’ve been there that I know how to fix it.
And you can. Because — here’s a shocker — you don’t have to put yourself through long, laborious workouts to get the physique you want.
So, why does everyone think you do? Why have you been conditioned to believe that traditional aerobic exercise is the best and only way to lose fat?
Here’s the scoop: Because of some research data that has been misinterpreted since the 1960s (maybe it was all the LSD?), we’ve been sold the idea that aerobic activities, such as swimming, biking and running, form the very essence of fitness. In mainstream media outlets, we are still told that traditional cardio equals fat loss and heart health; that it is the best and only way to burn off a donut.
Resistance training, on the other hand, has been positioned primarily as a bulk-building, bro-tastic activity that is a nice-but-not-necessary supplement to your fat-burning cardio routine.
ANot exactly. Not if you lift weights faster. That’s cardio and strength training at the same time.
Think about that for a second. For over 50 years, we’ve been told that. And, as a society, we believed it, because scientists told us it was true.
You see, new research shows that lifting weights is, in many ways, better than traditional cardio for fat loss, performance, and overall health.
But if you really want to see the best results possible, you don’t just need to “lift weights.”
And I mean that literally: you take traditional weight training exercises and do them faster, in every sense of the word. Lift the weights more explosively; decrease rest periods between sets; finish the workout more quickly and spend LESS time in the gym.
And when you do this correctly, it’s cardio and strength training at the same time, say more recent studies. Instead of going two steps forward and one step back (like most fitness programs), you’ll get the best of both worlds.
During my early training sessions with Jen, I thought I would never catch my breath after conditioning! Now, I come home excited about what I just accomplished — I talk about how I made it through an entire cycle without putting the kettlebell down!
One of the best moments for me was when I was teaching my daughter to ride a bike, and I could run alongside her effortlessly for as long as she needed. I couldn’t do that before Lift Weights Faster!
“…since starting to ‘lift weights faster.” I also love to run, and I have never run longer or faster than I do now…and I’m almost 40 years old!
I have had body-image issues my whole life. I’m an anxious, self-conscious person, and I have never felt as confident in my body as I do now. I love the workouts because they are pretty short and you can tailor them depending how on strong you are feeling on a particular day. I also love them because they work all muscle groups. I now have muscle definition in places I didn’t even know I had muscles!”
Let’s get something out of the way now: I’m not knocking traditional aerobic exercise, or saying it’s useless. It burns a calorie, and many people enjoy it. But, a) It doesn’t build an appreciable amount of muscle — a major component in long-term fat loss; b) When done often, endurance training can lead to chronically elevated levels of stress hormones, which works against you pretty hard in terms of fat loss; and c) Many people flat-out can’t bring themselves to do…