Should I Be Building Muscle?

Today on the blog, Julia talks about strength training and its place in a healthy fitness routine.

Strength training is one of those things that people can get really nervous about. Questions arise such as: Should I be doing it? What if I bulk up? Won’t I gain weight if I’m building muscle?

If you’re afraid of adding strength training into your workout regimen, don’t be. The truth is, there are myriad benefits to this kind of exercise. Working big muscle groups will challenge your cardiovascular system, and you’ll burn calories while you change your body composition. The great news about strength training is that it keeps your metabolism pumping for a few hours, even after you stop. That’s different from a run or a bike ride, where your metabolism goes down almost immediately after you stop. So if you’re looking to lose weight and burn more calories over the long-term, strength training is key.

Women often worry about “bulking up,” but we just don’t have enough testosterone in our bodies to create huge muscles like men. What will happen instead is that you’re much more likely to get lean and strong, and you’ll also see an improvement in your functional living. Did you know that women walk an average of three miles each day? This is much more than the average for men, and as one Ypsi Studio goer pointed out to me, women are usually carrying things as well! Kids, groceries, you name it. Strength training can help make these everyday activities easier.

If you’re looking for ways to fold strength training into your workouts, check out the Ypsi Studio calendar. One great way to start isĀ Boot Camp, and you can always modify the workouts if you feel like they’re too challenging at first. There’s also willPower & grace, which builds strength and is aerobic, and don’t forget TRX with Shirley. You can always book sessions with our personal trainers too. If you have questions about this, don’t be afraid to ask. We’re a friendly bunch at Ypsi Studio, and we look forward to helping you achieve your fitness goals!