Strength Training: Building Muscle Mass for Better Health and Fitness

Strength training is a vital component of any fitness routine, offering numerous benefits beyond just building muscle mass. Whether you’re aiming to look more toned, boost your metabolism, or enhance your overall strength, incorporating strength training exercises into your workout regimen can help you achieve your fitness goals.

1. Increased Muscle Mass

Strength training involves using resistance, such as weights or resistance bands, to challenge your muscles. Over time, this resistance stimulates muscle growth, resulting in increased muscle mass. Having more muscle not only improves your appearance but also enhances your metabolism, as muscle tissue burns more calories than fat, even at rest.

2. Improved Metabolism

Strength training can help boost your metabolism, leading to more efficient calorie burning throughout the day. As you build lean muscle mass, your body requires more energy to maintain these muscles, leading to an increase in your basal metabolic rate (BMR). This means you’ll burn more calories even when you’re not actively exercising.

3. Enhanced Strength and Functionality

Strength training exercises target specific muscle groups, improving their strength and functionality. This can translate to better performance in daily activities, such as lifting groceries, climbing stairs, or carrying heavy objects. Stronger muscles also provide greater joint stability, reducing the risk of injury during physical activities.

4. Bone Health

Strength training is beneficial for bone health, as it helps increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Weight-bearing exercises, such as squats and lunges, stimulate bone growth and promote bone health, particularly important as you age.

5. Enhanced Fat Loss

Strength training, combined with cardiovascular exercise, can be an effective strategy for fat loss. Building lean muscle mass not only burns calories during workouts but also increases your resting metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories throughout the day. Additionally, strength training helps preserve muscle mass while losing weight, ensuring that the majority of weight loss comes from fat rather than muscle tissue.

Incorporate strength training exercises, such as weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, or resistance band workouts, into your fitness routine at least two to three times per week to reap the benefits of improved muscle mass, metabolism, and overall strength.

Popular Types of Photography

Photography is one of the most popular activity in the world. Ever since the camera has been invented, photography has grown in demand exponentially. And its popularity is still continuing to grow.Nowadays, photography is not just a hobby. Instead, it has branched off into many different fields of applications. In fact, many people rely on the camera and photography to make a living. These people are professional photographers.Below listed are some of the more popular types of photography:1. Wedding Photography. Almost every modern wedding in the world cannot function well without the usage of the camera. This is used to capture the very important and significant moment in life known as the wedding. Years down the road, a wedded couple can re look back at the wedding photos to relive the good old days.2. Urban photography. This is the taking of cityscape and urban lifestyle shots. This form of photography is also known as cityscape photography.3. Macro Photography. This type is also known as Close-up Shots. This is used to take small subjects up close. Popular genres of macro photography include the shooting of plants, insects and small products.4. Female photography. The photographing of female subjects is one of the most popular. The female body is one of the most visually attractive form of creation. It is therefore one of the most eye-catching too. There are many sub-branches to this main group of photography. Some of the more common ones includes fashion and glamour photography.Well, that is all for this photography related article. Thank you for reading.

Sales Management – Should You Promote a Top Sales Performer to Sales Management?

A question I hear frequently is, “Should I promote my top sales performer to a sales management role?”To answer this question, I suggest you consider the following three questions:
Does the individual have the TALENTS required to succeed as a sales manager?
WHY are they interested in being promoted?
What sales management TRAINING will they receive?
Let’s examine each of these questions in some detail.1. Does the individual have the TALENTS required to succeed as a sales manager?During the past nine years I have examined sales assessment test results for thousands of salespeople and sales managers. My conclusion? Top sales performers and top-performing sales managers share many of the same talents. However, there are a handful of characteristics where top-performing sales managers differ from top-performing salespeople. For example:
Top-performing sales managers have slightly higher scores for Verbal Skill, Verbal Reasoning and Numeric Reasoning.
Top-performing sales managers are slightly more Assertive, but they are also slightly more Manageable, have a slightly more positive Attitude and are slightly less Independent.
But, probably most significant difference is that Financial/Administrative (which indicates the individual’s interest process, procedure, administration and financial tasks) is one of the top three interests for top-performing sales managers, whereas 80% of top sales performers have very little interest in these activities. I feel this is a key differentiator because the sales management methodology I teach requires a manager to be willing to:
Hold salespeople accountable for following a predictable, repeatable sales process
Frequently and consistently inspect the quantity and quality of their salespeople’s activities (especially for new salespeople and those who are not performing up to standard)
Analyze sales opportunity pipeline reports, profit and loss statements and other data and reports
If managers are willing to do these things, they can create a predictable and repeatable sales culture that can be scaled rapidly. If they are NOT willing to do these things, they are likely to suffer 80/20 sales team performance, where a small fraction of the salespeople produce most of the sales results and successes are hard to replicate.2. WHY are they interested in being promoted?My opinion is that the desire to be promoted is often implanted in us by our parents, other adults and educational institutions. This makes perfect sense, as in many (if not most) career paths the only way to make more money and enjoy more perks is to earn promotions. However, in sales this is usually NOT the case!If you are a top-performing salesperson, often you will take a pay CUT if you accept a promotion to management. That is certainly what happened to me when I was promoted to sales management in 1991. I walked away from a $6 million pipeline that would have paid me hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for the next several years. While I still earned a six-figure income as a manager, my income was a fraction of what it would have been had I remained a salesperson.When a salesperson is considering a promotion to management, I advise that they make a very sincere effort to identify the reasons why the idea of being promoted is attractive to them. I also suggest that they give some thought to the following realities:
Money: Unless you eventually make it all the way to executive management, chance are you will earn LESS as a manager than you would earn by remaining a top-performing salesperson
Attention: As a manager you no longer get to be the star. Instead, you need to shift your focus to helping the members of your sales team succeed.
Administration: As we saw in the first section of this article, a key component of being a successful sales manager is frequently and consistently inspecting the quantity and quality of your salespeople’s activities. How do you feel about doing this kind of work…over and over again?
Training/Coaching: How much interest do you have in training, coaching and mentoring others? How do you feel about participating in repetitive role plays, which is a critical component of changing your salespeople’s behaviors?
Sometimes I hear salespeople say they would like to move to management because they are tired of the day-to-day grind of prospecting and managing sales cycles, or they are tired of the ups and downs in income, or they really enjoy coaching and mentoring others, or they would like to eventually have an opportunity to contribute in other areas of the company. These are all perfectly valid reasons, and there are many more.All I ask is that you take the time to verify that you (or your salesperson) are pursuing a promotion to management for the RIGHT reasons and that you (or your salesperson) are ready to deal with the realities of being a sales manager.3. What sales management TRAINING will they receive?Just because someone is an effective salesperson does NOT mean they will automatically be an effective manager. There are specific skills and concepts that a new sales manager needs to learn if they are going to be successful. These include:
Sales Recruiting
Sales Compensation
Sales Training and Coaching
Sales Activity Inspection
What is your plan for teaching your new sales manager how to perform these critical activities?ConclusionSometimes it DOES make sense to promote a top sales performer to a sales management role. However, before you promote, please be sure to give careful thought to the following questions:
Does the individual have the TALENTS required to succeed?
WHY are they interested in being promoted?
What TRAINING will they receive?
If you are not confident in your answers to these three questions, you may be on the verge of making a very expensive mistake. Not only will you lose the promoted salesperson’s individual production; if they fail as a manager they are likely to leave your company and go sell for someone else!On the other hand, if a salesperson has the talents required to succeed, if he or she is pursuing promotion for the right reasons, and if he or she will receive training in critical sales management skills and concepts, the stars are aligned for a successful…and profitable…promotion!©2011 Alan Rigg