Turning training on its head …….

Scott Young - World Record Holder, Freerunner ...

Another in a series of articles by Poliquin-trained Personal Trainer David Lewis. This week, he looks at some myths surrounding body styling and working out.

Training in a gym can be a daunting prospect. Most people see the long line of mechanical running machines and think “yes, slaving away on there for hours will give me the body of my dreams.” Well I am happy to tell you that it is not the only way.

1.Resistant training increases your Metabolism. We briefly mentioned in last months article, that for every pound of lean muscle you put on, you burn an extra 50 calories a day. However this is not the end of the benefits. Using weights increases the amount of powerful fat burning hormones like Growth hormone and IGF-1. It also improves bone density, warding off osteoporosis. This is all great but what does it mean to you ? Well the simple answer is it is a quicker and more beneficial way to change your body shape.

2.There is no such thing as toning up! Trainers hear this every day, “I don’t want to get big I just want to tone up!” NO NO NO and, well, No ! Let’s set this straight. If you want a muscle to be more “defined”, decrease your body fat and increase the muscle mass by weight training. Putting on muscle is a very hard thing to do, so just by lifting one dumbbell I promise you that you will not become The Hulk.

3.Get the Cover model look. If you want to burn fat and increase muscular tone you need to be doing 12 – 15 reps on big-bang exercises (exercises that work lots of muscle groups) such a Snatch grip dead lift, split squats and pull ups. These work by producing large amounts of lactic acid and increasing production of growth hormone – a key fat burning hormone. Make sure you keep the rest periods short: 45 – 60 seconds. There is so much more to it than this but the idea should be enough to get you started.

David provides dedicated nutritional and training advice to busy professionals, athletes and those looking to improve their overall health and fitness. A member of the team at Embody Fitness in London, he has trained World Record freerunner Scott Young amongst others.