this can happen in an indirect way. The goal of lifting weights is to get stronger through developing some muscles (don’t worry: the vast majority of women do not get bulky). While there is caloric expenditure during the strength workout, the true value of getting stronger lies in the fact that you have greater work capacity including a cardio workout.
For women, adding strength training has the additional benefit of challenging the skeletal system to maintain bone density.
Regardless of your workouts, the main impact on weight loss is by eating a very controlled diet.
One thing for sure is that it will improve your overall physical conditioning. The other benefit of mixing it up is that you will burn more calorie. The secret here is to do it in a well planned program and always changing the routines to keep the improvements coming. Of course monitoring your diet will accelerate the process of burning that extra fat sooner.
A strength training program will definitely benefit you if you are trying to lose weight. Certainly your nutrition will play a major role in your weight loss program, but strength training is a critical component for weight loss, fat loss, and truly defining your body. Adding muscle through strength training puts your body at a metabolic and calorie burning advantage, long after you’ve finished your workout. It will change your body composition for the better.
The majority of my clients are weight loss clients, and strength training–and lifting heavy enough to fatigue the muscles–is a key component in all of their programs. You can certainly get the benefit of cardio and strength training (circuit training) in one full body session. In addition, strength training is necessary for women to fight against osteoporosis. You will not bulk up, and it is very empowering!
In my opinion you will not necessarily make you lose the weight any faster but it’s important to have both in your routine. Just make sure you are eating a balance diet with good carbs for energy and lean Protein for Muscle recovery. Strength training in more effective in weight loss because it burns fat and builds lean muscle mass.
cool workout! I would add in some weights though. There are a bunch you can get at reasonable prices and they barely take up and space. Definitely adds a ton of new exercises you can do, especially for your arms! Plus people tend to get bored really fast if they only do the same 4-5 exercises all the time