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The benefits of Lift Club
When it comes to achieving your goals, strength training can play a big part in getting you there. It’s important for developing muscle tissue, increasing bone density and strengthening muscles and tendons at the joints.
Developing muscle tissue increases your lean mass (everything in your body except body fat) which is great if your goal is to lose weight, build muscle, or improve body composition ("tone up"). Because muscles require energy to sustain them, increasing your muscle mass also helps increase your metabolism, meaning that you'll burn more calories in your workouts and through daily activities.
Will I put on too much muscle?
How will my body look when I start lifting weights?
Lifting weights and consuming a fair amount of protein will help you retain muscle while dieting for fat loss. You'll hold onto more muscle and lose more body fat, meaning that your body will start to look more athletic. One thing to remember is that your body will adapt to lifting weights, but it will shape your body according to your frame, and when you build muscle, it will look great on you.
Strength training for injury prevention
But even if you were to have a fall (it can happen to the best of us!), you'll be more prepared and more robust to cope with it. Occasionally injuries do happen and sometimes by no fault of our own. Moving well and becoming stronger will not only make that less likely, but speed up the recovery process if it does happen to you.