Thursday, November 18, 2010

Resistance Training

It’s not just about lifting heavy weight.

What is Resistance Training?

RESISTANCE TRAINING is usually referred to as ‘weight’ or ‘strength’ training. The idea behind resistance training is to put added or additional stress on your muscles to increase the size and strength.

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Why Resistance Training?

Resistance training is necessary for many reasons. Strong muscles, strong bones, better balance, and increased metabolism are some of the most important. Proper strength training will even help the body burn extra calories every day. Without resistance training, your muscles will actually decrease in size! Unfortunately, cardio alone is not enough.

Who Should Use Resistance Training?

Everyone can benefit from Resistance training.
Research has shown that new muscle can be added at any age, old or young.
Women can benefit from resistance training as it can decrease the chance of osteoporosis.
There are mixed reports of resistance training in adolescents and young teenagers

How Much Resistance Training?

It’s recommended that we resistance train each major muscle group 1-2 times per week.
This is the minimum.
If you are a beginner, start out slow and less frequently.

Types of Resistance Training

Any type of exercise that causes resistance can be considered resistance training. It does not matter where that ‘resistance’ comes from.
For best results, choose an exercise that involves your whole body. Common modes are training with dumbbells, weight machines, resistance bands and even your own body weight.

Some things to remember about Resistance Training

*It can change the overall look and shape of your body.

* More muscle means more calories burned per day.

*Train each muscle group 1-2 times per week is minimum.

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