Times are changing….
Gone are the days of people doing 30 minutes of cardio on the cross-trainer machine and thinking that that will be enough to sustain a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. Until recently, there was inadequate evidence supporting the role of strength training in keeping the general population healthy and it was felt that strength training should only be done by bodybuilders and strength athletes.
Fortunately, there is now much more out there about strength training and people of all genders, ages and backgrounds are hitting up the weights section of the gym!
What is Strength Training?
Strength training (weight training or resistance training) is a type of training which adds resistance against the force generated by muscles in the concentric and eccentric phase.
A lot of people commonly associate straight training with lifting weights. However, strength training is possible using other equipment, such as bands, cables, machines, etc) as well as with no equipment at all. Bodyweight exercises such as push-ups and pull-ups also fall under this umbrella.
What are some of the benefits?
There are endless benefits to Strength Training, check them out:
Better Body Composition
Increased Cognitive Function
Increased Functional Strength
Boosts metabolic Rate (Increased metabolism)
Controlled blood sugar levels - helping prevent/manage type 2 diabetes
Improves cardiovascular health
Reduces blood pressure and improves blood lipids
Reduces risk of injury and helps manage chronic pain
Increases bone mineral density – helping prevent and manage osteoporosis as strength training leads to strong bones.
Enhances mental health
Is Strength Training for you?
You should be pretty convinced by now, that strength training is not just for the bodybuilders and weightlifters but for everyone, including you! Are you someone who is completely new to strength training and lifting weights and want some guidance and help establishing good foundations of the basic movements? Or have you spent some time in the gym already, but you know you need help fine tuning your technique?
If you are interested in Personal Training with a focus on strength training, get in touch today for a free consultation and we can discuss how strength training can benefit you.