Do you know the true purpose of weight lifting?
When you go to the gym to lift weights, what is your goal?
What do you expect to result from that weight lifting workout?
If you said that you're lifting weights to burn calories, tone up, burn fat, or lose weight, you answered wrong.
If you answered anything BUT “build muscle and strength,” you answered wrong.
Create a Muscle Building Switch of Your Own
When you take the first step into the gym to lift weights, a switch should turn on inside of you.
Let's call this your muscle building switch. When you turn that muscle building switch on, you are there to make progress and nothing else.
Your muscle building switch allows you to lift heavier weights, do more reps, or both.
You will complete each rep perfectly. You will envision your muscles growing larger on each and every rep. Remember to turn that switch on every time you step into the gym.
The muscle building switch is also a no BS switch.
You've Got to Focus When You Step into the Gym
No distractions are allowed.
There will be no talking, no goofing around, no cell phone, or anything else that distracts you from your muscle building mission.
You aren't at the gym to make friends. You aren't there to give advice or get advice. You get in there, do your work, and get out. You are on a mission. You will succeed in that mission.
When you're done with your mission, then you can work on making friends, talking, etc.
I'm not trying to be harsh here. I'm just trying to help you make the most of every weight lifting workout.
This is Why You MUST Focus on Building Muscle and Strength When You Lift Weights
No matter what your goals may be, the true purpose of weight lifting is to build muscle and strength. You must focus on building muscle and strength in your weight lifting workouts.
If you focus on anything else, you will fail in reaching your goals in the shortest time possible.
As an example, let's say your goal is weight loss.
Many people with this goal do not care if they lose muscle as long as their body weight is going down. You go to the gym and your goal is to burn calories.
You lift the same amount of weight every time and simply go through the motions.
You are happy because you are burning calories. The weight is easy to lift. But you are burning calories so you are happy.
Here's the problem with your approach to weight loss…
You aren't providing your body with a muscle building stimulus by lifting the same weight every workout. You aren't pushing your body to change, and you aren't making any progress in the gym.
But, you are still happy because you are burning calories and your body weight is going down.
Well, your body weight is going down, but you are probably losing muscle mass along the way. When you lose muscle, you are losing the battle.
Muscle is Your Biggest Ally in the War
Muscle is your number one ally in your mission to get the body of your dreams.
You've got to do everything you can to hold onto all the muscle you have or even build new muscle while losing weight.
When you focus on making progress in the gym, you will build muscle and hold onto all the muscle you have while losing weight. This means the weight you lose comes in the form of fat and never muscle.
The scale might not decrease as fast, but that's not your goal here. Your goal here is to look great. That's why you want to lose weight, right? Does it really matter what the scale reads?
I'll answer that one — no, it doesn't matter what the scale reads. It matters what you look like. The amount of muscle and the amount of fat you have is much more important than the number on the scale. You want to lose body fat — not muscle mass.
Keep the Muscle and Lose the Fat
Losing fat and keeping muscle will make you look and feel so much better.
So, always lift weights to build muscle and strength. Go to the gym and turn that muscle building switch on whenever you take that first step into the gym.
Focus your weight lifting efforts on building muscle and strength. When you do so, you will reach your goals much faster. Always focus on getting better each and every workout. As you get better, your body changes — this never fails.
So, let me ask you the question again. Why do you go to the gym to lift weights?
“To build muscle and strength.” is your new answer to that question.
You now know the true purpose of weight lifting.
Navigation Links for the WLC System
You are currently within the WLC System section of the website.
Want to read about a different topic? Follow the links below to go to the higher level pages.