Just what are the Benefits of Strength Training
By now, just about every American adult has heard that resistance or strength training should be a part of their exercise regiment. Unfortunately, not everyone has a real clear picture as to why, or just what the benefits of said training are.
To help, we thought “why not take a minute and make this easy to understand”? So here you go, in less than 10 seconds!
The Benefits of Strength Training are…
- Maintains and/or Increases Muscle Size
- Maintains and/or Increases Muscle Strength
We are done. Lesson over!
OK, just kidding.
While it is this simple, this straightforward, we will take a few more minutes to dive just a little bit deeper.
First things first, the above is not meant to imply that there are not, in fact, secondary benefits associated with strength training. There are! Here are some additional reasons to include strength training in your weekly workout plan.
Some Secondary Benefits of Strength Training are…
- Maintains and/or Increases Flexibility
- Maintains and/or Increases Bone Density and Structure
- Aids Weight Management, Burns Calories
- Improves Mood & Sleep
- Improves Body Mechanics and Movement
- Enhances Cardiovascular Health
As you can see, strength training is quite a useful tool. But, truth be told, far too often, strength training is either being misused or misunderstood and this was the reason we chose to pen this piece today.
We want people to be effective and efficient when it comes to their health and wellness. And properly putting each of the necessary pieces of the puzzle together can do just that.
Just to be sure you are getting the most out of your time and effort, we decided to be rather blunt going forward. We hope you understand why once you’re done reading the below.
Our Thoughts on Strength Training…
As we said in the short lesson above, the rules are quite simple…use your resistance training workouts for what they are meant to be used for…increasing muscle size and strength! (relax ladies, you won’t build guy muscles)
Far too often it appears as though people mistakenly think their resistance training (weights) should be used to help them burn additional calories, “lean out”, or just check some box to say you “lifted weights”. NO! NO! NO!
Resistance training should be used for one purpose and one purpose only, to increase your ability to lift more weight AND/OR lift the same amount of weight more times. That’s it!
Does this mean you won’t burn calories and/or lean out with the inclusion of resistance training? Absolutely not!
In fact, the more muscle one has, the more calories the body will burn while working and while at rest. In turn, the more calories the body burns, due to the amount of muscle one carries, the leaner (assuming burgers, fries, chips, salsa, tacos, etc aren’t included in every meal) one will become and stay leaner.
But, here is the key, and it does bear repeating over and over. Resistance, strength, weight training has an intended purpose. Cardio training has an intended purpose. Your nutrition has an intended purpose. Supplementation has an intended purpose.
Just like CreaMode, NitroMode and ThermoMode can, and will, play a role in the way you look, feel, and perform, each has its very specific purpose as part of a well-rounded supplement regiment for those looking to increase their energy, performance, and fat-burning.
They are not interchangeable. They are synergistic!
Therefore, in short, when it is time to lift, LIFT!
The goal is again simple, and always the same…more weight and/or more reps! This is how we build and/or maintain the lean muscle everyone wants to see visually but more importantly, that we need as we age.
When it is time for cardio, do cardio, preferably in a H.I.I.T. (high-intensity interval training) fashion.
When it’s time to cool down and stretch…do that!
Easy isn’t it?
Like everything else, time and place. Time and place. Makes sense doesn’t it? We sure hope so.
Now, let’s get to it! New personal bests next time you touch the weights. New, heavier weights and/or more reps! Challenge yourself when it is time to reap the benefits of resistance training. No more going through the motions!
You only have one life to live, one body to live it in…so take care of it. Progress, not perfection. Good, better, best with your food intake and some form of “movement” daily. Get your nutritional foundation from food, supplement where necessary, and drink plenty of water. We are here to help so feel free to drop us comments or questions as often as you’d like…and always consult your physician before making any changes to your diet or exercise regiment.
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