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Will strength training increase my metabolism?

Performing strength training can help you increase your metabolism in three substantial ways. While you are performing resistance training, you are expending additional calories, thereby increasing your caloric burn, or metabolism, for that given day. After you complete your strength training workout, for the next 24 - 48 hours, your body will have to work harder than normal in order to repair the muscle tissues that have had stress imposed on them. As your body is recovering from your most recent strength training workout, you are burning more calories. Finally, performing resistance training will help increase your metabolism because it promotes an increase in lean body mass or muscle tissue. Muscle is highly metabolically active which means that it requires more calories than fat to be maintained. The more muscle you support, the more calories you will burn. The best way to add muscle is through hypertrophy training. A hypertrophy training program usually consists of intensities (or weight lifted) between 75%-85% of your 1 repetition maximum and 6 -12 repetitions for 3-5 sets with minimal rest periods. This type of training will stimulate the muscles to grow.

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