There are still many people out there who think that heavy lifting is only for bodybuilders and 'meat bags'. The weight training section of an average gym is still occupied with people whose primary target for training is hypertrophy or gaining muscles. However, this is a big misconception amongst people and I am going to tell you why. Heavy weight training complements your training no matter what your target for training is. You could be training for endurance, strength or just normal routine fitness levels, heavy weight training is still the best way to get there. Here are a few reasons why you should be going heavy in your weights.You Get Stronger
Heavy weight training increases the power and strength of your muscles and adds significant muscle fibers as well. This means that you will be able to do every day physical tasks with more ease than before. Consistent training will increase the amount of weight that you can lift and will thus make you more efficient in your daily chores as well. You will feel that you need to put in less effort to do the same physical work every day.You Look Younger
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Strength training with heavy weights enhances your muscle mass and definition and thus you start looking younger than your actual age. You must have seen that people who dedicatedly stay in shape throughout the year look much younger than their counterparts who don't workout at all. Now if you include heavy weight training in your daily workout routine, you will be able put on some decent muscle mass on your body which will make it look in better shape. If you fear that you will start looking like a meat bag by lifting heavy weight, you don't have to worry. Those athletes that you see on the cover of a bodybuilding magazine are not something that you become just with some heavy weight training and protein shakes. You need shit load of drugs to look anywhere near that.You Burn More Fat
Muscle mass is metabolically more active than fat cells in your body. A guy with more muscle mass will burn more calories even if he is sitting idle. It is because your body will have to burn more calories even to maintain the muscle mass that you have put on already. Lifting heavy helps you to build more muscle mass and thus you become metabolically more active. This in turn helps your body to burn more fat in short as well as long term. Thus, even if your target is to burn more fat, heavy weight training is the most apt way to do it.
© MensXP HealthIt Prevents Injuries In The Long Run
Heavy weight training strengthens more than just your muscles; it also strengthens your bones and connective tissues. This added strength and stability and will help you ward off injuries and keep a strong body in the long run. You may find it hard to believe but even sportsmen who play cricket or lawn tennis or any other sport perform good weight training to maintain good bone density.