Jan 5, 2018

My Non-Negotiable Workout to Lose Weight

Jan 5, 2018

My Non-Negotiable Workout to Lose Weight

My non negotiable workout to lose weight is a Game Changer! It’s the reason my own body changed and it’s a fundamental part of my client’s workouts. It’s called weightlifting, or weight training. Now ladies before you go and run a mile because you have visions of becoming like a bulldog – fear not!


Eating too many calories and having excess body fat is what makes you appear “bulky” and not having lean muscle. Always remember too that females do not have the testosterone capacity to support a bulky physique, males find it incredibly hard to build muscle as it is!

When you lift weight intelligently and correctly, you will burn more fat from the areas you want. The more lean muscle you have means that you will become more metabolically active, resulting in more effective fat loss.

Does Cardio not burn more calories?

Here’s the thing, we all know if you’re trying to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in to meet your goals. Whilst strength training may not give you the heart-pounding, sweat dripping satisfaction of say spinning or running, in the long run building lean muscles definitely works in favour of your weight loss goals. In short, having more muscle means your body burns more calories at rest.


Yes, cardio still gets the credit when it comes to calorie torching workouts however it is still possible to get a super duper calorie burn with lifting weights. Here are a few tips:

Decrease your recovery between sets. I find when I get clients to move from one set to the next without rest it increases their heart rate and burns more calories
Increase the weight. Don’t be afraid to choose a heavier weight but be careful it’s not too heavy that you risk injury.
Add cardio between sets. I occasionally add in a 5 minute cardio burst of either sprints or HIIT training between sets to turbo boost that calorie burn.

At the end of the day you still have to burn more calories than you take in and I personally believe that it’s important to include both cardio and strength into your workout. However, that said, I always prioritise strength over cardio. By building more muscle you are stoking the fires of your metabolism and burning more calories even at rest.


I recommend that you lift weights 3-4 times a week. The beauty about lifting weights is that it also provides endurance for your cardio training; the stronger you are the less effort it takes to complete aerobic exercise.

If you don’t know where to start and need an introduction to lifting weights safely you can follow my 6 Week Better Bodies Online Program which gives step-by-step video demos for beginners and intermediates. This is supported by a fat loss nutrition program which will assist in sculpting that longed for physique. I also provide support throughout the duration of the program.

Who is
Tara Grimes

Tara is one of Ireland’s top Fitness & Weight Loss Experts.

Tara is a Certified Nutritionist and Accredited Personal Trainer who has helped transform thousands of clients in Ireland and the UK and her online business is now helping many more clients across the world. She runs several online businesses from her base in N.Ireland and distributes 100,000s of her popular weight loss meals to customers across the country.

A mum of 4, who is passionate about Women’s Health and Fitness, she knows exactly how to help women of every age get Leaner, Fitter and Stronger. Tara’s companies employ top-level performance coaches and she has a team of registered nutritionists providing support for online clients across the globe. Tara has been recruited by Bluechip companies to provide in-house employee Health & Wellness packages, consulted with Government Departments on Nutrition & Weight Management and worked with professional sports teams & elite athletes improve their Performance Nutrition.

Tara has extensive qualifications including, BA(Hons) Degree from University Of Ulster and MSc from Queens University, Belfast.  She is also a Certified MNU Nutritionist helping Clinical Populations improve their overall health. She features in top publications and is a guest writer for many health publications.

Transforming Women’s bodies and health is Tara’s specialist area. She has created an amazing community of followers and clients across the world and her Fat Loss and Fitness Programs specialise in Female Fat Loss & Health, Over 40’s Fat loss and how to manage & Optimise changing hormones. Fitness programs for all levels and all incomes. She has programs to suit everyone, no matter what their starting level is at.

Her business is based entirely on the success of her clients.

*By following a plan or by following advice provided by Tara Grimes Fitness, you assume such risks and waive and release any claim which you may have against Fitness 31 Ltd. as a result of any future injury or illness as a result of the use or misuse of any program. You also claim responsibility for any adverse effects that result from the use of recipes and/or information in a plan.

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