First of all- what is resistance training?
Resistance training is physical activity which involves the use of free weights (Dumbbells, Barbells etc), machines or body weight to workout muscles in the body.
- Increased strength - With proper programming/nutrition and execution of exercises your muscles and bones get stronger over time. This comes with many advantages other than just being able to lift heavier weights. It reduces your chances of chronic illnesses or picking up general injuries. There are even studies that suggest a correlation between strength and human lifespan.
- Increased muscle size/endurance - Based on how you are training & eating you can increase the size of your muscles and train them for endurance so that they are able to work efficiently for longer periods of time.
- It helps reduce body fat. If you are building strength and muscle it helps fight off unwanted body fat (depending on nutrition/food intake). While resistance training you’re also physically moving more so you will be burning calories (essentially burning off weight).
- You feel good! Your body has chemicals called endorphins which make you feel happy and positive. When you exercise your body releases these endorphins so you get on a good buzz. You can also feel good and often more confident because you are creating a healthier body and mind set by working out.
Although having a more ‘attractive’ body can give confidence and make you feel good it’s actually an indirect result of the training/body change- It’s about perception as well. You always have the ability to help yourself feel good even without body image coming into play. Deep down our mind and our thoughts are in control. (Also respecting that mental illnesses can play a part in these things, of course)
Healthy + mobile joints & muscles:
If you resistance train with correct form through a full range of motion at the joint, it will help keep them healthy and mobile.
There is much to like about this type of training as it can add great value to your life whether you’re looking to get bigger, leaner, stronger or just wanting to feel & be healthier in general.
If you want some help getting started or have questions about your current training feel reach to reach out to Adam through his website - https://www.rossfit.co/