There are many benefits to include resistance-based training into your exercise regime, regardless of your fitness goals. Resistance training can include using your body weight, functional training equipment or machines.
By varying the exercises, the number of repetitions and how the exercises are performed will ensure that you continue to see results in your training. A regular training program should also vary every 4-6 weeks and include adequate rest, depending on the intensity of the exercise.
Weight training not only helps build lean muscle but also helps to stabilise the body and increase calorie burn after your session has ceased. During your session, the nervous system will begin to build pathways from the brain to the muscle, increasing muscle activity and recovery. The body takes as little as a few resistance training sessions to see performance-based results.
A word of warning that the first couple of sessions may have you feeling muscles you never knew existed; however, this feeling will soon subside through adequate cool down after your training and active recovery the following day. Stretching, light cardiovascular exercise or a massage will help.
Here are our top 7 reasons to weight train:
1. You will be physically stronger which makes you far less dependent upon others for assistance with daily tasks.
2. You will lose body fat. As your lean muscle increases so will your metabolism. That means you will burn more energy daily.
3. You will have stronger bones. Research has found that weight training increases bone mineral density. Your best defence against fractures and osteoporosis.
4. You will improve your athletic performance, which means you will perform better in everyday living and your workouts.
5. Reduces risk of injury, back pain and arthritis. Strength training increases joint strength and stability.
6. You cut your risk of heart disease. Weight training lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) while also increasing the HDL (good cholesterol) within your body.
7. You will reduce your risk of diabetes. Adult-onset diabetes is a growing problem and studies have proven that weight training improves the way we process sugar which in turn reduces the risk of diabetes.
Not sure where to start, what exercises to choose or how to perform them? Chat to one of our resident trainers and book in a session to have a personalised training program created, and have your technique reviewed.