Building Lean Muscle Mass – its not just about looks!

I am tensely typing this whilst willing Andy Murray to haul himself out of the big hole of losing two sets to Dimitrov in the quarters, my feeling is not good!

I have been doing a bit of swotting up this week about body composition fat versus lean muscle mass.

When we are pushing ourselves with kettlebells, resistance bands, bodyweight exercises such as press ups and our muscles almost begging us to stop, why is it so important to push through? You need to place your body under a degree of stress for it to make adaptations which increase your strength and fitness. These are some of the reasons why the intense discomfort is so worth it:

As far as metabolism goes, muscle mass is the “engine” of the calorie-burning machine. As you strength train and increase your muscle mass, you build a bigger, more efficient engine that burns more calories and helps you lose weight. The stronger your muscles are, the easier it is to maintain your weight. In fact, the higher your muscle mass, the more calories you’ll burn when you rest. For every pound of muscle you gain, your body uses about 50 extra calories a day.
People lose about 10 percent of their muscle by age 50, according to the American College of Sports Medicine. By the time you reach your 60s and 70s, your muscle strength will decrease by about 15 percent per decade — and about 30 percent thereafter. However, older adults who perform adequate strength and resistance training can increase their strength as much as threefold within two to three months. Increasing your strength will help you lead a more active lifestyle infused with spontaneous activity
Building muscle also helps protect your joints from injury. As you age, balance may become an issue that can lead to fractured hip bones or other injuries related to falls. Stronger muscles help support your joints — this can help you lead a more independent lifestyle as you age.
Increased muscle mass makes you stronger so you’ll have more stamina when you perform physical activities. As you become more active, your quality of life most likely will improve. Stronger muscles also counteract the side effects of weak muscles, which may cause instability and structural pain. This is particularly relevant to preventing back pain by strengthening the core. Strong, toned muscles also enhance your appearance, boost your self-esteem and make you feel better overall.
So if this does not convince you to come to class and ENJOY those tricep overheads & chest flies I do not know what will!
Will see you at Boxing & Kettlebells tonight 6.45pm, Bootcamp 9.30 or 10.30am Sat or at your sessions.
Look after those muscles!