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Science holds the key to maximizing your health

Science holds the key to maximizing your health

Science holds the key to maximizing your health

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As a fitness professional, the question I get asked the most often is, “What’s the most effective way to burn fat?”

Well, is it as simple as they say? Burn more calories than you eat? Ehhhh… not really.

In terms of weight loss — yep, it’s that’s simple. But when you lose weight, are you actually burning fat? A-ha! Perhaps not!

It’s a much more complicated science than you may think, and science and research is always changing. Always. Obviously, your nutrition is going to be one of the key components, but strength training is going to be the kicker.

Science holds the key to maximizing your health

According the American Council on Exercise, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, for every pound of muscle you build, you will yield an additional 4 to 6 calories burned at rest. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it will add up over time. What we want is hypertrophy — or, simply put, muscle growth! We can accomplish this very easily by lifting heavy things. Repeatedly.

This is especially important for women, who are already at a disadvantage physiologically. Compound lifts, such as squats, dead-lifts and push presses, are going to be your best bet, but if you’re unfamiliar with these or are worried about injury, reach out to a professional in your area to teach you about proper form.

So, trying to lose fat? Great! Hop off that treadmill and pick up that barbell. It’s not luck, it’s science.

Erik Schreiber is the owner and operator of CustomFit360!

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Erik Schreiber

Erik is a former Division 1A college athlete. Erik is NASM, NESTA, NCSA and NCSF (4 governing bodies) certified in 11 different specializations including senior fitness, weight loss and human performance as well as NASM Nutrition Coach. With over 15 years’ experience in the fitness industry Erik’s unique diversity in his training methods primarily focuses on Functional Training Technique to maximize results. “Functional Training” is classified as an exercise which trains the body for activities performed in daily life and can be modified for all levels of fitness abilities. With clients ranging from beginner to advanced, Erik’s ability to create personalized programs for each client has been met with great success. Whether you’re goal is to lose pounds and body fat, increase stamina and quality of life or are an athlete in training, Erik is eagerly up for the challenge…are you?