In some cases, and with certain medical conditions, a resistance training programme may not be advisable. If you are in any doubt about your suitability to partake in a resistance training programme, always first consult your G.P.
We most commonly associate resistance training with free weights and fixed resistance machines. However, strength can be increased in several ways using suspension, body weight, kettlebells and medicine balls to name a few. As long as the exercise challenges you, strength gains will occur.
“Gone are the days when people thought weight training was just for body builders and power lifters – gone are the days of doing long, slow, boring cardio for fat loss!”
- Fat loss – Unlike steady state cardiovascular training, you will continue burning calories for 24-48 hours after a strength training session. This is due to the production of ‘post exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC)’ aka ‘the after burn effect’. Get lifting and get lean!
- Improved sports performance & injury prevention – Resistance training increases muscular strength and endurance and strengthens connective tissues (tendons and ligaments) providing extra protection from the stresses of everyday life
- Increased bone density – As a result of resistance training, the skeletal system adapts to additional forces by producing extra minerals and proteins. The extra mineral and protein production decreases the likelihood of several bone disorders, such as osteoporosis, in later life
- Increased energy levels – regular strength training increases energy output when performing everyday tasks making it easier to cope with the unpredictability of daily life. This is known as transferable or ‘functional training’
- Improved posture – A safe and effective weight training programme will improve posture and promote balance in the muscular skeletal system, thus alleviating a number of everyday aches, pains and soft tissue complaints