My previous post addressed some common fitness advice, what they really mean, and if you should ever follow it. Here I follow up examining the relationship between heavy weights and strength and the battle between treadmill and elliptical for burning the most calories.
Advice: “No need to lift heavy weights to get stronger” This statement continues to make headlines in fitness media outlets. Most people—yes, even men— already lift weight that is too light. People often go through the motions and do the standard 10 to 12 reps when they could push out 15, or even more. But this advice only encourages people to keep doing the same.Certainly, performing a lightweight squat is better than no squat at all, but if you already do some type of resistance training you have to take this statement with caution.
Read Related: 7 Ways for Moms to Set & Keep Realistic Fitness GoalsThe fitness headline came out again in a recent study from McMaster University. Researchers found that lifting weights at 90 percent of your 1-RM (one rep maximum) 5-10 times, stimulated the muscles to make new proteins, thus you could build bigger and toner muscles the same as lifting at 30 percent of your 1-RM or around 24 reps.