If you’re new to the whole fitness thing or if what you’ve been doing so far has been feeling stale, then you need to make a change.
The truth is, no matter which route you take to getting fit and healthy, what you do needs to do three things:
Be challenging, effective, and fun for you.
With that in mind, today, we’ll go over why weightlifting is an amazing way to get fit and strong, no matter your sports history or current circumstances. Let’s go.
1. It’s an excellent way to build muscle and lose fat
Here’s the deal:
While you most certainly can lose a lot of weight if you just ate fewer calories and did some cardio, you would be shooting yourself in the foot.
Your goal shouldn’t simply be weight loss; it should be fat loss. In other words, shedding the fat while maintaining (or increasing) your muscle mass. This will leave you looking lean, athletic, and strong.
But, to achieve that effect, you need to give your body a reason to hold onto the muscle mass. And the best way to do that is to practice regular weightlifting.
In essence, you are signalling your body, “Hey, we need that muscle mass. Don’t burn it off!”
And it’s no state secret that lifting weights allows you to pack on muscle on your frame better than most other activities.
2. Weightlifting is incredibly versatile
Whether you like doing the Olympic lifts, Crossfit, bodybuilding, powerlifting, strongman, or something else, you can always regulate your training to cater to your preferences and goals.
For example, if you’re interested in getting stronger, you can take up powerlifting or strongman training. If you want to become better at bodyweight movements, you can take up calisthenics blended with some resistance training at the gym.
If you want to be overall athletic, you can incorporate activities like the vertical jump, squat, deadlift, shoulder press, 40-yard dash, and many others.
There are thousands of ways to customise your training so it helps you become fit, build muscle, lose fat, and become more athletic overall.
3. Weightlifting gives you a real sense of progression
Unlike many activities where progression gets skewed or is left on the back burner, with weightlifting, you always know where you are relative to previous weeks, months, and years.
Doing more, lifting heavier, and recovering better are all great indicators that you’re progressing. And progress is addictive.
The sense of progression, the feeling of getting stronger and more athletic puts you in an ongoing cycle where you continuously strive to improve yourself.
What’s even more interesting is that once you adopt the growth mindset, all facets of your life change for the better.
4. Weightlifting is quite challenging
Many people run away from challenges, but it’s the hardship and difficult things we do that shape us into stronger, more resilient, and more successful people.
Weightlifting challenges us on two fronts: physically and mentally.
As you push yourself in the gym over and over again, you become more resilient to difficulties and challenges. Not only does this translate in you becoming a great athlete, but it also allows you to face challenges in your everyday life with your head up.
Plus, the best thing about weightlifting is that you can keep challenging yourself (of course, in a smart manner) over and over again as you develop.
5. Weightlifting is fun
Yeah, I know you’re a skeptic, but bear with me.
At its core, the whole process of lifting weights and improving yourself is quite fun, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a good gym partner.
Also, classes such as Crossfit offer a great atmosphere because you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals and all of you are there to have fun, get better, and, of course, win the challenges.
The Bottom Line
Though weightlifting gets a bad rap in some crowds, it’s one of the best ways to get fit. It’s fun, it’s versatile, it pushes you to improve, you can practice it however you like, and it helps sculpt your body.