At Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness, we sit down with every new potential client to discuss goals and help map out a game-plan to reach those goals.
The most common goals include losing weight, having an aesthetically toned build, increased strength, improving the ability to play with kids or grandkids, living a higher quality of life and improved athletic performance. But the list goes on and on.
Building muscle is the key to reaching all these goals, yet many clients have an apprehension to building muscle. Fears of looking too bulky, getting injured or a decrease in endurance litter the minds of many people.
In reality, those fears of building muscle can keep you from reaching your goals and hold you back from realizing your full potential!
Below I’ll address how building muscle is beneficial for every goal!
BENEFIT #1 – FAT LOSS
Building muscle is hugely beneficial for burning fat and losing weight.
As you build muscle you are basically replacing fat with lean tissue. Having more lean tissue then leads to a higher metabolism, which leads to burning more calories throughout the day.
A misconception is that if you add muscle you’ll look bulky. However, to look lean and toned, you need lean muscle. Building muscle is what allows you to have the toned, athletic look you want.
BENEFIT #2 – INCREASED STRENGTH
To build muscle, it’s often necessary to lift heavier weights on a frequent basis.
Lifting heavy challenges your body to adapt to the stressors put on your body, forcing the muscle tissue to tear, recover and repair, which is the key to building more muscle.
As you build more muscle, your strength improves and you’re able to lift heavier loads. This is important for playing with your kids, moving couches, moving grocery bags and improving the quality of your life.
BENEFIT #3 – INCREASED ENDURANCE
Building muscle is beneficial for improving aerobic capacity.
Because strength training leads to an increase in the ability to deliver oxygen to the working muscles as well as increased tolerance to the build-up of lactic acid. These physiological changes result in improved endurance.
BENEFIT #4 – PREVENTION OF INJURIES
As you build muscle and lift weights it helps stimulate tendon and ligament strength, which aids in injury prevention.
As you build strength you’ll notice that you’ll have more control of your body and more bone density which decreases your chances of injury in uncontrollable situations or accidents.
BENEFIT #5 – RETIREMENT INVESTMENT
Just as you invest in your financial retirement fund, building muscle is an investment in your health retirement fund.
Because building muscle helps improve body composition, strength, helps prevent injury and improve endurance, it is an indicator of overall health.
Having lean muscle helps prevent chronic disease, builds bone density and improves mobility. These are all beneficial for living a longer and healthier life.
By investing in your health fund you can enjoy the benefits of building financial freedom for your retirement. Building muscle will keep you healthy, mobile and free to travel, hike, and play with your grandkids or great grandkids!
BENEFIT #6 – ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
For performanced focused clients building muscle by lifting heavy weights translates to better power production and results on the field of play.
For the CrossFit competitor, muscle and strength are highly beneficial to improve performance. Being able to lift heavy results in higher lifting numbers, faster times and better scores during competitions.
Because there are small nuances that can help you improve in all of these areas, it’s important to work with a coach to modify your training to benefit you the most.
At Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness, we offer you both nutrition and fitness coaching, from personal training to group CrossFit classes we have the keys to help you build muscle.
Our personal trainers and group coaches value lifting heavy weights, and using multi-jointed, functional exercises performed at high intensity. You don’t have to guess about what to do! Schedule a free consultation with a coach to see how we can help you with your goals! → I’M READY TO MEET WITH A COACH!
If you’re curious about how to build muscle check out 4 KEYS TO BUILDING MUSCLE.
COACH PHIL KNIEP – Owner & CEO of Lincoln Nutrition & Fitness
Precision Nutrition L1 Coach
CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
3x CrossFit Games Qualifier