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The Importance of Building Lean Muscle

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author image Jess Barron
Jess Barron is head of editorial at LIVESTRONG.COM.She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio. Barron's writing has appeared on Wired.com, Yahoo! and Poprocks.com.
The Importance of Building Lean Muscle
“If Those Legs Are Shakin’, the Calories Are Bakin’.” Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

If you’re joining us for The 8-Week STRONGER Challenge press “play” to watch this one-minute motivation video message from celebrity trainer Nicky Holender about why it’s important for both men and women to do strength workouts.

As Nicky explains, building muscle increases your metabolism and this means you burn more calories.

Will you be joining us in the STRONGER Challenge? Why not join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation?

Former pro soccer player and celebrity trainer Nicky Holender.
Former pro soccer player and celebrity trainer Nicky Holender. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

How to Sign Up for STRONGER and the FREE Meal Plan

1. Are you already a registered MyPlate user? If not, go here to sign up for STRONGER. Once you are signed up, log in to MyPlate and click on the Workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the Track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and to track what you actually ate. TIP: To view the full recipes in MyPlate, click on the hyperlinked food name, such as Zucchini Veggie Burger.

Screenshot showing the STRONGER meal plan inside the Track Tab on MyPlate
Screenshot showing the STRONGER meal plan inside the Track Tab on MyPlate Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

2. If you are already a registered MyPlate user log in to MyPlate, and make sure you are using the ALL-NEW version of MyPlate. If you are using the old version, you will see a banner that looks like this:

A screenshot of the banner that appears when you are using the "old version" of MyPlate.
A screenshot of the banner that appears when you are using the "old version" of MyPlate. Photo Credit LIVESTRONG.COM

Click on it to go to the new MyPlate. Then click on the Workouts tab. On the right hand side of the page, you should see a box that says “Join STRONGER Now.” Select the start date of next Monday (or whenever you want to start), and then check the boxes to receive the meal plan and the daily STRONGER emails. (If you want those options.) Then you press the “Join STRONGER” button. After that, click on the Workouts tab to access each day’s workout, and click on the Track tab to view the meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner and to track what you actually ate.

Join our STRONGER Challenge Facebook Group to get daily tips, encouragement and motivation.

Readers – Are you joining us in the 8-week STRONGER Challenge? What do you think of the STRONGER workouts and the meal plan? Are you having any trouble accessing and using them? Have you ever done a fitness challenge group before? How did it go for you? Have you joined our STRONGER Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.

Jess Barron is GM and VP of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market fare, Jess just can't get enough heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!

Follow Jess on Twitter @jessdandy. Also, you can add her on Google+ and follow her on Pinterest.

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