You’ll have more energy
Even though strength training workouts use a lot of energy, you’ll actually have more stamina for the rest of the day, says Dani Singer, certified personal trainer and fitness director of Fit2Go Personal Training. “You’re improving your body’s efficiency,” he says. “Everything else becomes easier.” Tasks like walking up the stairs or cooking dinner will suddenly be easier compared to the effort you put in at the gym. Don’t miss these everyday things draining your energy.
You probably won’t lose weight
You’ll be disappointed if you use the number on the scale to gauge the success of a strength training workout. Muscle weighs more than fat, so even though you’ll look leaner, you might not actually lose weight, says Steven McDaniels, certified personal trainer and director of fitness and athletics at Beacon College. “You may not see a change in weight, but you will likely see a change in how clothing fits,” he says. He recommends looking to body weight percentage instead of weight if you like to go by the numbers. Find out how often you should weigh yourself.