Many times people only think of weight lifting as building muscles and strength, but they don’t know one of the greatest benefits of consistent weight lifting is fat loss. Simply put, when you lift weights and eat a healthy diet, you will lose fat. The key is to combine your weight lifting exercises to create a metabolic effect. By doing compound strength training exercises, you will burn more calories during your workout and burn fat. Here are some of the most effective exercises for fat loss.
Squat to shoulder press
Hold the dumbbells by your side and lower your body into a squat position. Make sure your knees stay in alignment with your ankles and that the majority of your weight is in your heels. You should be able to lift your toes. As you come up from the squat, curl the weights and then immediately press overhead into a shoulder press. Repeat this exercise 5-8 times. This exercise activates every muscle in your body and should elevate your heart rate. Remember to choose a weight that is challenging without compromising your form.
This exercise will not only activate your chest and back muscles, but will give you a nice cardio boost. Start in a push up position with your hands holding the dumbbells. Lower down into a push up and keep your core tight. If necessary, modify the push up by coming to your knees. At the top of the push up, do a one-arm row on the right and then on the left. Step your legs together and stand up tall. Repeat this exercise 8-10 times with a challenging weight. You should be sweating and breathing hard while your body burns fat and builds muscles.