Redefine Yourself – The Case for Strength Training
If you want to alter your body composition and reshape your body, strength training is essential to your overall health and wellness goals, period.
The goal of resistance training is to gradually and progressively overload the muscles so they get stronger. Why is strength so important? It is hands-down the best way to lose body fat and increase your resting metabolism (the rate at which your body burns fat). We continually remind our clients that one pound of muscle burns roughly 50 calories per day at REST while one pound of fat only burns 2-3 calories. This statistic speaks volumes.
When you gain muscle, your body requires more energy to maintain the new muscle. Muscle burns calories all day, not just when you are training. As the numbers show, fat hardly requires any energy at all to maintain – it just sits there. This is precisely why strength training is superior to aerobic exercise for people who want to lose body fat. It addresses the root of the problem: the rate at which the body uses energy.
There are numerous other benefits of strength training beyond making our clothes fit better. One is the possible prevention and rehabilitation of bone injuries. A customized program strengthens the muscles as well as the supporting structures around the joints, essentially protecting our joints from the stresses of an active lifestyle including cardio-respiratory exercise.
Resistance training is great for improving the ability to perform daily activities as well such as lifting your children, carrying groceries, playing adult league sports, moving furniture, taking out the trash, etc.
One of the most important components to a well-rounded strength training plan is using proper form. The #1 priority should be technical improvement of the movement patterns being executed. Too many people become concerned with how fast an exercise is performed or how heavy a weight is being used. More times than not the exercise is then done incorrectly which can lead to injury.
It is recommended to commit yourself to a properly designed strength training program for 60 minutes twice per week. For more information or to set up a consultation with a Triple Jump trainer, contact us. Beginning a program like this is one of the best investments you can make for yourself. Allow it to become a part of your weekly lifestyle and you’ll soon begin to see and feel the changes!
The Benefits of Resistance Training
- Increased Bone Density
- Improved Work Capacity
- Increased Metabolic Rate
- Reduces Depression
- Increased Self-Esteem
- Increased Muscle Strength
- Improved Posture
- Increased Lean Muscle Mass