Money and Muscle. Both are Worth Having

Imagine you are 30 years old and have been given $100,000 in your bank account, yippee. You decide that this money is going to remain in that bank account until your retirement, you are not going to touch it. It’s just going to sit there as your nest egg.

On your 65th birthday you go to withdraw that money but there is very little left because of bank fees and the minimal interest paid by the bank hasn’t kept up with inflation. So in real terms you have very little money saved.

Disappointed and shocked is an understatement.

Muscle works in the same way. Without resistance training by the time you are in your late 20’s you have your allotment. From here on you begin to lose that muscle and accumulate fat.

“Muscle is the largest site of fat oxidation and glucose disposal”

Muscle is the largest site of fat oxidation and glucose disposal meaning it plays an integral part in fat and carbohydrate metabolism. It is the single largest driver of energy expenditure, your metabolism. It regulates hormones, your immune system, body composition, helps you move

From the age of 30 to 60 you lose around 0.25kg and gain 0.5kg of body fat each year. That’s a 7kg loss of muscle and a 15kg gain in fat by the time you are 60 having a serious effect on health and body composition.

This age related decline in muscle mass underlines many of the undesirable conditions you associate with “getting old”. Cardio vascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, susceptibility to illness and weight gain.

Ok so what’s the answer?  The body is an amazing thing, it heals cuts, regrows hair and nails and recovers from sickness, it’s constantly breaking down and rebuilding and it adapts to external loads imposed upon it.

Weight training provides that stimulus for adaptation, the body grows more muscle and that muscle gets stronger so long as that stimulus overloads the body. If there is no continuous overload there is no adaptation.

“If you want results work with a qualified strength coach”

The answer to better health and performance is to train in a facility that follows the principle of progressive overload. Resistance workouts at the F45 or gym based “pump” classes do not provide for progressive overload, the amount of weight used in these style of classes is limited and it’s not their model for various reasons.

I’m not talking about going out and lifting the heaviest thing you can find, that’s a recipe for injury. What I am suggesting is that you work with an experienced and qualified coach. You wouldn’t ask a car mechanic to do your taxes so if you want results work with a qualified strength coach.

Coaches like those that coach at Brand New Me are certified by organisations like the Australian Strength & Conditioning Association, ASCA which is the peak body for strength and conditioning professionals in Australia. These coaches will develop a program that allows you to progress safely and is matched to your goals.

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