Building strength is a must if you are going to continue your muscle building efforts.
This page will explain why strength gains are very important if you want to get that body you've always dreamed about having.
Too many people use weight lifting as a way to burn calories.
If you have been lifting weights to burn calories, you are totally missing the point of weight lifting.
You will fail at getting the body you want very quickly if you focus your weight lifting efforts on fat loss. It just won't work. Here's why:
What Is The Purpose Of Weight Lifting?
Your goal in weight lifting should be to get stronger and build muscle.
In order to build muscle, you need to increase strength. And in order to increase strength, you need larger muscle size. So, building muscle and building strength go hand in hand.
If you want to build muscle for a better looking body, you should focus on building strength in the muscle building rep ranges.
I like to define the muscle building rep ranges as approximately 5 to 12 reps, but science has proven that even lower reps and higher reps will build muscle.
The most important factor for building muscle is providing your muscle with enough weight and reps to signal the muscle building process.
Do not lift weights to burn calories.
When you go to the gym, you should always focus on progression. No progress in weight lifting is the reason so many people stay the same and get no results.
Focus on progression when you hit the gym, and you will get results. You need to have a plan of progression when you go to the gym. That's why I always suggest you have a weight lifting log book.
You should always keep track of the weight and reps you lift and focus on lifting more in your next workout.
Strength Increases Provide You With A Sign
When you build strength, you ensure yourself that you are doing the right things in the gym and outside the gym.
Building strength means you are making progress.
You will see great results in your body composition if you are eating right. Your diet is crucial to your results.
You can make great strength gains with a horrible diet very high in calories, but you won't see your body composition improve much. You will build lots of muscle, but you'll add lots of unwanted fat too.
So, build yourself a healthy diet plan, and focus on gaining strength in the gym.
When you get to the point that you are having trouble progressing in strength, you'll need to use your weight lifting experience to tell you what you need to do. If you don't have the epxerience, I'm here to help.
Sometimes your problem may be lack of sleep, bad diet, too much volume, frequency of weight lifting is too high, etc.
If you stick to the plan here at Weight Lifting Complete, you will soon learn how to control your progress and continue progress throughout the weeks, months, and years.
If you are looking for a great weight lifting program, please check out the WLC System.
Monitor Your Weight Lifting Program
You should be monitoring all aspects of your weight lifting program from water intake and sleep all the way down to strength gains and calories burned during your cardio sessions.
If you keep track of all of these aspects of your program, you'll be able to make small changes to your program each week to continue the progress.
Keeping track of everything may seem like too much at first, but once you get everything organized it will be very easy to do.
Keep a log on your computer, and you'll be able to track your strength gains along with everything else. Imagine the nice graphs you can build showing your progress over the months.
Before long, you will be a muscle building and strength building expert.
Building Strength = Building Muscle
Strength gains will lead to muscle gains.
Add in the correct weight lifting diet and the correct weight lifting program for building muscle, and you have everything you need to build a great looking body once and for all.
Focus on strength gains in the gym.
Use your diet and cardio to control weight gain and weight loss. Simple, right?
The WLC System explains how to do everything perfectly.