Strength Training benefits

The Benefits of Strength Training
by Richard Rossbauer

    Strength training is an important component of fitness and exercise.

   If you are trying to lose weight then it is essential that you incorporate some muscle building activities into your training. Losing
weight is about burning calories. It is about burning fat and one way to do that is to build your muscles. Basically the more muscle you
develop the more energy you burn, resulting in weight loss success.

Strength training does not have to be a daily grind of lifting weights in the gym.

 There are many classes or exercise programs you can follow that will help with building your muscles. Most gyms have classes like total body fitness or group power lifting. Typically these types of classes use many types of weight training equipment including barbells, hand weights and resistance bands. The typical class lasts for a hour and works every muscle group in the body from the triceps to the chest down to the legs.

   Women seem to enjoy these type of strength training classes more than men. That is a shame as the exercise benefits of a regimented one-hour full body workout are considerable. 

   Men typically enjoy working out the muscle groups by adding bulk. However, they do not consider adding muscle endurance.  

   Strength training classes help to shape and tone your muscles into lean mass without the bulk. In addition, since the instructor pushes you along during the class at a very rapid pace, there is a bit of cardiovascular benefit as well. One final note about going to an instructor led strength training class: they can ensure that you are doing the exercises with the correct form to help you avoid injury.

   Even if you do not care for classes there are many exercises that you can do from home. You do not necessarily have to purchase large racks of weights to get the desired results.

   Simple hand weights will do just fine and there are many strength exercises that require no equipment like the simple pushup.

   It would be a good idea to find an exercise DVD to follow along to help you with your exercise. A good  program to follow will help keep you on track, motivated and more likely to do the exercises correctly without injuring yourself.

   Many people take gym classes to lift weights. This is another way to
develop strength in your muscles. Typical regimens include alternating days of upper body workout with lower body workout. For instance, on Monday and Thursday you might work your upper body, while on Tuesday and Friday you might work your lower body. This gives the muscles time to repair and grow between workouts.

   Most weight lifting programs involve lifting in sets. For instance you might do three sets of ten repetitions of bench press exercises. It really depends on your goals how many sets and repetitions of each that you attempt to do as a part of your strength training.





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