Recently a client asked me, “What are the disadvantages of strength training?” I paused. Thought for a few moments. And then proceeded to tell her exactly what I am going to tell you.
In all of my research and education, I have not found very many disadvantages to strength training. In fact, I have never found any.
I did find a few hard rules that may be considered disadvantages of strength training if not followed properly.
Situation- If you are just beginning a strength training routine, you should work directly with a trainer.
Why this may be construed as one of the disadvantages of strength training- Many people cannot afford to hire a personal trainer. That’s just a fact. If you want to experience and expertise that comes with a trainer, but cannot afford one or do not want spend so much money on one, then look into an ebook or online guide.
Situation- Strength training adds lean muscle mass to our bodies.
Why this may be construed as one of the disadvantages of strength training- This scares women like crazy. We are afraid to lift anything over 3 pounds because we do not want to look like one of the guys. Don’t worry! You won’t bulk up! It is so hard for women to add tons of lean muscle mass and even harder for women to look muscular and ‘cut’. Women need strength training just as much as the guys. It is the best tool we have for fat loss.
Situation- Strength training is very complex and there are a few rules that should be followed.
Why this may be construed as one of the disadvantages of strength training- There is a lot of bad information out there. Some people will tell you to not do strength training. Others will tell you to lift 3 pounds weights 20 times. What should you do? This does not have to be so darn confusing.
Situation- Strength training should be done in conjunction with a cardio program.
Why this may be construed as one of the disadvantages of strength training- Many people believe that the best method of fat loss is cardio. WRONG! It is a mix of strength training and cardio. You may be wondering, “Geez, I already do 45 minutes on the treadmill. How can I add in strength training too? I don’t wanna be at the gym all night!” No problem. You can do what is called a split routine. Or you can mix your strength training days with shorter cardio sessions.
The bottom line is this… strength training is the absolute best way to blast through the fat. Did you know that for every pound of lean muscle you have on your body, that it will burn 30-50 calories per day? Think about that!
If you have 10 pounds of lean muscle then you will burn between 300 and 500 calories per day. Get started with the weights. There are really no excuses or disadvantages of strength training.