There are many awesome weight training benefits that will better you and your life, and here are 10 of the best and most motivating.
Sometimes it's easy to forget the reasons why you're sweating it out in the gym and making good food choices day after day, week after week, month after month.
Losing sight of the big picture is especially typical once you lose that initial spark of motivation when you start off on a new training program, so it's important to always note of the compelling reasons WHY the hard work is worth it.
Without further ado here are 10 of the best weight training benefits in no particular order.
1. More Confidence
Building your physique, whether it's building a decent amount of muscle mass, becoming super ripped, or both, requires you to develop hard work, consistency and discipline and you'll gain much more self-confidence and belief in yourself.
Not in an arrogant way, but in an inner-respect-for-yourself kinda way. When you look yourself in the mirror you'll feel proud of what you're accomplishing. This boosted self-esteem will bleed into other areas of your life, and it's a core confidence that lasts and that nobody can take away from you.
2. Stronger Immune System
These days I very rarely get sick, and when I do it's really not so bad. Back when I never used to train I would literally always get sick.
Of all the great weight training benefits I cover here, this is my personal favourite because I HATE being sick with a passion (I'm a lover of life, what can I say). Of course, it's not just the weight training specifically that does this but the improved diet.
3. More Effective Fat Burning
The more muscular you are, the more fat you burn at rest. This is one of the best weight training benefits that many people don't realize. Once you've built a decent amount of muscle mass, stripping off the extra fat and getting ripped isn't all that hard.
4. Increased Testosterone
One of the most well-documented weight training benefits that comes from both a good diet and performing intense weight training sessions (ideally with compound exercises).
More testosterone will make you more confident, more masculine, lift your mood and fight off things like depression, improves bodily functions, and makes you more driven and determined in life in general.
5. Have More Energy
Being fit, building muscle, and increasing your testosterone will make you a more energetic person in your day to day life. Also, directly after a good workout you'll feel a natural high thanks to the endorphins that your body releases (known as the feel-good chemical). You'll be motivated to continue smashing out whatever else you need to accomplish for the day.
Although I must also add that if you cram TOO much in the one workout this can have the opposite effect where you're completely drained and destroyed physically and mentally for the rest of the day.
To avoid this and to promote that energetic, natural high after a workout, I suggest not going overboard with your workouts and making them shorter (yet still intense enough) - you don't need long-ass workouts to build your physique anyway. Quality over quantity, my friend.
6. You'll Look WAY Better
A big reason many guys hit the gym is of course to look better, more attractive, and to attract more women.
Does building a muscular physique actually help you with getting girls? Well, let's just say I've been skinny, and I've been fit and muscular, and without question once I transformed my body I did receive more attention from the opposite sex.
Whilst not ALL women like ripped and muscular guys (especially not if you go too far with it and adopt the huge bodybuilder look), many do and getting into great shape can only improve your success with the ladies overall.
It's not just about muscle though; when you lean up your face actually looks better (more chiseled and masculine etc). This also has something to do with testosterone too - if you learn how to increase your levels your face and skin looks healthier.
But in saying that, remember not to take this too far and don't make women your primary motive for working hard in the gym. Do it for yourself first and foremost, and other many benefits as explained in this very article.
See the increased attention as the nice little side bonus that it is. Your character and personality is ultimately way more important than how you look when it comes to attracting women. But yeah, everyone appreciates an attractive, fit, muscular body.
7. Makes You Healthier
Of course becoming fit and strong will make you an overall healthier person, and a big part of this is due to the fact that you're forced to adopt healthier eating choices when you start lifting.
Countless studies have shown that those who weight train vs those who don't tend to live longer and reduces their risk of serious diseases like some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
8. Makes You Happier
When you're sweating it out in the gym and pushing your body and mind it's impossible to feel down and depressed. Plus, the discipline required to stick to a weight training program and diet will build character and you will feel proud when you look in the mirror every day.
Nobody can take away the achievement of transforming your body and the stronger, more focused, more healthy person you have become because of it.
Sticking with weight training as a regular habit can make you a happier person and will keep depression at bay. If you're ever feeling down, go hit the gym and you'll feel much better.
Just remember, stay humble once you see success and help other kindred spirits along their journey. Share the knowledge, share the success and share the love.
9. Better Sports Performance
The stronger and fitter you are the better you'll likely perform at a large variety of different sports. Contrary to what some believe, building lean muscle can actually make you faster, increase your endurance, increase balance and hand-eye coordination, and reduce chances of injuries.
Having a strong physique is a natural self-defense mechanism. Potential attackers/bullies/trolls will think twice before messing with a well-built guy, and you're much less likely to get into confrontation whether it's at your local bar or just walking down that dodgy side alley one random night.
When I was very skinny I would get into altercations quite often, and people wouldn't hesitate picking a fight with me. Nowadays it's a very different story, and other guys respect you a lot more.
It's also got a lot to do with posture too, which is something you naturally learn to improve along your muscle building journey (if you do it right that is - unfortunately many guys totally neglect their posture through bad training and lifestyle habits but that's for another article another day).
When you're fit and strong you'll feel much more at ease in all types of environments because you're a much less likely target, and plus you have that self-confidence and belief in yourself because you know you have a lot of strength (and endurance if you're lean too) to defend yourself if something were to ever happen.
Hopefully you took something out of this article on my favorite weight training benefits, and remember to never give up your consistent gym habit because it really is a staple to a kick-ass life. The blood sweat and tears are all worth it in the end, and once you start to experience all of these lasting benefits for yourself you'll find that it would actually be harder to give up your gym habit than to ever quit. That's when you've made it. Keep going, friend.