Strength Training = Building Muscle + Losing Fat

Strength Training

Anyone involved in strength training will increase their overall physical strength. Some people either go to the gym and lift weights or utilize their home exercise equipment.

  • Shoulder press
  • Bench press
  • Upright rows
  • Deadlifts
  • Barbell squats
  • On the other hand there are those people who increase their strength by using their own bodyweight as resistance. They become strong relative to their body size. Some simple yet effective bodyweight exercises include:

  • Pull-ups
  • Pushups
  • Dips
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • The lists here are just a small example of exercises using weights and bodyweight.

    Why Strength Training?

    You derive many benefits from this type of training. This is very good because most people have an inactive lifestyle. We live in the information age. We can access many things with the press of a button.

    We do not have to walk or take the bus to the library but we can drive. We can access information at home and order almost anything online and have it delivered to our doorstep.

    Weight lifting builds muscle. As you place more demands on your muscle it gets stronger and bigger. It has to in order to handle the stress and load of the weight that is placed on it.

    The personal training that you do also increases your health both directly and indirectly. Directly you will benefit from having stronger bones, joints and stronger muscles. Indirectly because of the hard work that you are doing you will begin to eat healthier to get the maximum benefit from your training.

    Helps you to become an overcomer. Ever finished that last rep with a weight that you never tackled before? How do your feel after? All your persistence and determination paid off. All those weeks building up to that moment. You will implement those very characteristics into life itself.

    How To Strength Training

    Whether you have a gym membership or you utilize your home exercise equipment you can use a progression method. This type of training is utilized by most people. You may bench press 135 lbs then you add more weight progressively. On the other hand you decrease the reps that you do.

    Bodyweight exercise can also be challenging. These can be timed or sets. Let's take the push-up exercise for instance. You can do 3 sets of 25 or 50 or you can do 3 sets of 30 second push-ups. You should focus on quality not amount when you do timed sets.

    Machines also increase your strength. You stay in a fixed position and either push or pull the weight. This is a great way for beginners to get a feel of the movement of the exercise. However, you should graduate to free weights.

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