You can burn 8-10 calories per minute just by pumping iron.
Compare that to running or bicycling, where you burn 10-12 calories a minute, and that’s not too bad. But wait, it gets better. Lifting weights gives you a metabolic spike which lasts for approximately an hour after your workout. This is due to the fact that your body is trying to help your muscles recover from the workout. During this spike, your body will continue to burn calories even though you have finished your strength training session … and even while you are relaxing. And, because muscles use a lot of energy to sustain themselves, for every 3 pounds of muscle you build, your body will burn an additional 120 calories per day.
Knowing this makes it easy to understand why weight lifting should be included in a weight loss plan. And no matter what your weight lifting goals are, it is a good idea to keep a journal of your progress as you increase your weight load, otherwise you just may be working sporadically. To help you keep track of your progress and reach your weight lifting goals, I have created for you a printable Strength Training Journal. This journal includes a chart for 3 strength training sessions per week. More than that is not recommended as it could result in over training. Keep a log of how many reps you do and how much weight you are lifting for each move. Then, every 4 weeks, review your charts to see how well you have increased your workout.