The question that I have encountered many times is this, “does weight training really matter?” The answer to that is a whole heartedly YES. Is that clear, resistance training and or weight lifting is a critical part to anyone’s fitness routine, the evidence is obvious so let’s quickly talk about the science behind the topic. Resistance training programs are designed to produce changes in your body that will result in strength adaptations. Any fitness program should incorporate a resistance (weight bearing) training program with the goal of increasing muscle mass, develop better athletic performance, or reduce body fat. Following a detailed adaptive program a person can see a physiological change including-
- Improved cardiovascular efficiency
- Decreased body fat
- Increased lean body mass
- Metabolic efficiency
- Bone density
And in addition performance changes which include-
- Increased muscle tensile strength
- Increased endurance
- Increased power
The evidence is clear; lifting builds mass, more muscle mass more metabolic burn, and more calories consumed lead to physical fitness improvements.
I am a huge believer in what I refer to as “compound exercises”, exercises designed to work more than one body part at once. For example squats with a dumbbell curl, multiple movements in one exercise. When you begin your resistance training it is always helpful to understand and realize your own specific acute variables, and start slowly with light resistance. It can be as simple as a can of corn or as complex as a multi-movement machine, the bottom line is this, any type of safe lifting which cause you to elevate your breathing, even a small amount, will start you on the road, a journey that can take you to a new life, a physically fit life.
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