The number of programs, techniques and diet fads that “guarantee” weight loss is simply overwhelming.
What I like to do when I hear about a new weight loss strategy, I like to look at it from a professional stand point. Let’s look at The Rep Effect and see if it is something worth pursuing.
The term, The Rep Effect was coined by Les Mills in their gym based program Les Mills Pump. The focus of this technique is light weight and high repetitions.
Is that really an effective way to lose weight? To answer that question, let’s take a quick look at how the body loses weight.
The easiest way to explain this is “calories in VS calories out.” That means that in order to lose weight, you must burn off more calories than you take in.
Since all exercise burns calories, technically all exercise should lead to weight loss, assuming that you do not increase the amount of calories that you take in.
So, what should you be looking for in an exercise program or technique? If weight loss is your primary goal, you are looking for something that burns a lot of calories.
Science has shown time and time again that the most effective way to do this is working large muscle groups while getting your heart rate into your target heart rate zone, which you find by taking 220 minus you age times .65 for the low end and .85 for the high end.
The Rep Effect focuses on exercise such as squats, the bench press and military press. All of these moves work large muscle groups.
By using light weight and high reps you get your heart rate elevated, ideally into your target heart rate zone. So, if you are looking at it for the sake of weight loss, it is safe to say that The Rep Effect is an effective way to burn calories, and therefor lose weight.
Remember, this is assuming that you do not increase the amount of calories that you take in each day. Now, if your goal is toning, this is where I believe that this technique is very helpful.
A lot of people use running to lose weight, which is very effective. However, when you lose a lot of weight running, you are typically not toning anything except your legs.
This can lead to flabby skin left over on the muscle you are not working. A great example is when you see someone that has lost weight and has a lot of flab on their arm when they wave.
By incorporating proper weight training, such as using The Rep Effect, you can tone the triceps which would reduce or eliminate the look of hanging skin.
Personally, I am not a fan of going to the gym, which is where they offer Les Mills Body Pump classes.
However, Beachbody has created some awesome Les Mills Body Pump DVDs
. If your goal is not only weight loss, but also creating lean, tone muscles, I highly suggest checking this program out.