Want to Actually Change Your Body? Learning How To Lift Weights 

By Coach Shawn

Embarking on a journey towards weight loss and transforming your body composition can feel like navigating uncharted territory. 

At Railroad CrossFit, we believe in unlocking the potential of every individual, and one game-changing tool we teach and use is weight training.

Before we jump into the power of lifting weights, I have to address 3 common mistakes that are holding people back from achieving any change in body composition.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Overemphasis on Cardio:
    • Mistake: Prioritizing cardio exercises exclusively for weight loss can hinder your progress. While cardio burns calories, incorporating resistance training is vital for sustainable and transformative results.
  • Neglecting Caloric Deficit:
    • Mistake: Weight loss is fundamentally about consuming fewer calories than you burn. Most people are unaware of what to eat, how much to eat or what their maintenance calories even are. Maintenance calories are the amount of calories you’d have to consume in a week to stay exactly the same weight. 
    • This lack of knowledge stunts people in making any real progress. 
    • Our coaches at Railroad CrossFit guide you in creating a balanced nutrition plan, ensuring you are in a calorie deficit to support fat loss.
  • Skipping Resistance Training:
    • Mistake: Not lifting weights all together, or ignoring the benefits of resistance training can impede your body composition goals. Lifting weights not only burns calories but also shapes and defines your physique by building lean muscle mass.

The Benefits and Power of Lifting Weights:

  • Boosting Metabolism:
    • Incorporating weight training into your routine elevates your metabolism.  Meaning you’ll be burning more calories at rest. 
  • Unlike cardio, where calorie burning largely stops after the session ends, weight training leads to an “afterburn” effect known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). 
  • This means your body continues to burn calories post-workout.
  • Building Lean Muscle:
    • Lifting weights isn’t just about bulking up; it’s about sculpting lean muscle mass. 
    • More muscle translates to a higher resting metabolic rate, contributing to ongoing fat loss even when you’re at rest. 
    • Our coaches at Railroad CrossFit first teach you how to move safely, teach you technique then will continually refine and improve it through exercises that target key muscle groups for a balanced and toned physique.
  • Body Composition Transformation:
    • Weight training is a catalyst for body composition changes. 
    • It helps shed fat while simultaneously building muscle, leading to a more sculpted and defined appearance. 
    • Our coaches specialize in tailoring weight training programs that align with your individual goals, ensuring a transformative journey.

Why Choose Railroad CrossFit:

But don’t you just do a ton of CrossFit and conditioning? 

Short answer, no. 

First and foremost we are a Strength and Conditioning gym.

We bias our week to focus on Strength & resistance training. 

We will do conditioning on at least 3 of our training days as conditioning is important for cardiovascular health and helps in fitness and physique changes but it is not our dominant method. 

At Railroad our people experience: 

  • Expert Coaching:
    • Our experienced coaches are your partners in the journey towards your fitness goals. 
    • Teachers of movement, of understanding and building a better relationship with your body.
    • Receive personalized guidance on proper form, technique, and progression, ensuring a safe and effective weight training experience.
    • Caring individuals who will meet you exactly where you are at and invest in you the human being. 
  • Varied and Effective Workouts:
    • Any of our programs or services at Railroad offer a diverse range of weight training exercises, keeping your workouts engaging and effective. 
    • From compound movements to bodybuilding exercises or more targeted exercises, our approach is designed to address every aspect of your fitness goals.
    • Simply put, we use the training methods that deliver results. 
  • Community Support:
    • People either never start or fall off because they don’t know what they are doing. 
    • Whether your support comes in the form of solely your Coach, a few others or a large group class, you are never alone in your journey. 
    • When you join Railroad, you join a community of human beings that share your commitment to growth and transformation. 
    • The supportive environment at Railroad CrossFit fosters inclusivity, camaraderie and encouragement, creating an atmosphere where everyone thrives.

Your Fast Track to Success Begins Here:

Ready to accelerate your weight loss and body composition goals? 

Step onto the fast track with weight training at Railroad CrossFit. 

Discover the transformative power of lifting weights, guided by caring and expert coaches who are dedicated to unleashing your full potential. 

Embrace a holistic approach to fitness that goes beyond the treadmill, and witness the remarkable changes that await you. 

The journey starts now – are you ready to lift yourself to new heights?

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