Resistance Training for Fat Burning

Whether you are cycling in preparation for a particular event or just to stay healthy and lose weight, resistance training should form part of your overall training plan. It holds advantages for all cyclists regardless of your goals. One of these advantages is the important role it plays in fat burning.

Resistance training is designed to increase muscle mass and overall body health. As muscle mass increases, so to does the body’s basal metabolic rate (BMR). BMR basically refers to the amount of energy you expend everyday while at rest.  Muscle tissue is metabolically active even while you are at rest which means that an increase in muscle mass will lead to an increase in the amount of calories burnt while you are active and at rest. This increase in the BMR will lead to the promotion of long-term fat loss. This means that by using this method, fat-loss can be more consistent than it is with dieting. If you gain muscle and lose fat, it is possible you may stay the same weight, however you will be thinner as muscle is denser than fat.

Resistance training helps to:

  • Increase muscle strength
  • Improve muscle power
  • Improve body shape
  • Increase metabolic rate
  • Improve bone health

Our ‘Winter Training Pack: Phase 1 – Laying the Foundation’ contains a comprehensive guide to the type of resistance training you should be doing.

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This video examines the benefits of resistance training over cardiovascular training:


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