Posted May 26, 2016

Regardless of your goal, whether it is to lose weight, ‘tone up’, get healthier, or train for a sport or event, the foundation of your training must be to get stronger. Being strong, or being able to move more weight, is the most important endeavor you can work for. It is the single most effective way to get leaner, and to be better at life and athletic functions.
Progressive strength training has been proven to be a powerful fat burner.* Adding lean muscle to your body significantly raises your metabolism far more than cardio workouts, including HIIT workouts can. Increasing your metabolism will burn more body fat than individual cardio sessions can. High-intensity, cardio workouts do have their value, but should be given a secondary place in your fitness week to a progressive strength training program of weightlifting.
Priority should be given to compound movements that involve more muscle groups and joints. The classic barbell lifts (squat, overhead press, deadlift, bench press) as well as pull-ups are the best way to build real, full-body strength in a progressive, safe way. Everyone can perform these lifts, and they should be seen as the foundation of your training. 2-3 strength training sessions that have you lifting weight that is heavy for you in the 5-8 rep range is ideal. These sessions only need to be 45-60 minutes long.
At Rival Fitness, our method is to help you start and maintain this fundamental part of your training. We have multiple lifting stations that allow you to perform the primary barbell lifts. We also have dumbbells and kettlebells.  We will show you the correct form, help you establish a program that fits your schedule. We take your results seriously. We want you to have a strong, lean body, that performs and moves well for the rest of your life. That is why our membership options include access to strength training equipment in addition to HIIT classes.

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