What does resistance training do?
Are you tired of feeling like a weak and feeble human? Do you want to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than your arch-nemesis? Look no further – resistance training is here to save the day! In this article, we’ll explore the wonders of resistance training and all it can do for your body.
First things first: what is resistance training?
Before delving into its benefits, let’s start with the basics – what exactly is resistance training? Essentially (yeah I know I said not to use that), it’s a form of exercise that involves using weighted objects or gravity in order to create tension in your muscles – leading them to adapt over time by getting bigger/stronger. This type of exercise generally includes weights such as dumbbells and barbells but can also encompass exercises that rely on one’s own weight such as push-ups or squats.
In addition (additionally..boom), there are different types of resistance workouts depending on one’s goals:
This style focuses on aesthetics- increasing muscle size through targeted strength building techniques
Achieving maximal lifts is the main goal here.
Combines power-based lifting movements for explosiveness- think overhead snatches/cleans while bringing out our inner Olympian athlete.
Now that we have this all cleared up… How ’bout them gains?
The Benefits That Keep On Giving
Not only does resistance help build physical strength… It has been linked with several benefits -> mind AND soul gains, science FTW folks!
Increased Muscle Strength & Endurance
Yeah yeah I know… obvious benefit #1. By forcing muscles to work under increased load; an increase in their ability becomes present within weeks spanning from frequency,volume/type/duration(etc.), progressing over time into mega beast mode AWESOMENESS. And those gym selfies will finally look the business.
Lowered Body Fat
Resistance training has benefits long beyond that “pump”. As you work on challenging movements, muscles use stored fat for energy – leading to lower overall body-fat percentages and a leaner physique. Ever seen someone who’s fit AND lean? (JLO..duh)
Joint Strength & Injury Prevention
As our bodies become stronger due to resistance lifting, we efficient force transfer systems; bone density increasing ->strong joints however don’t skip stretching! Also reducing risk of injury. The human power-ranger anyone?
We didn’t forget about mind gains… Over time as resistance training helps grow dem muscles it also improves mental health/functioning alongside empowering feeling all around . Lifts us outta funkies at times.
Types Of Resistance Training
“Variety is the spice of life”, a phrase so cliché but fact none-the-less- as not all exercises are created equal or unique in terms of what they offer your bod!
Plus by constantly mixing up workouts routines ==>dodging plateaus ensure consistent progress long term :).
This style emphasizes either free weight/machine usage whereby an individual performs moves with designated equipment according to their targeted area group objectives.
Ever heard “no gym,no worries?” .. If this article was published prior 2020;pandemic woes might have had most gamers rethinking lol BUT–> calithestenics/bodyweight res seems ever more popular given variety offered+ convenience especially when traveling etc.think push-ups,_tricep dips/squats/lunges literally anytime, anywhere!!
Incorporating HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) principles whilst performing multiple exercises sequentially –> promises calorie burn +building muscle simulataneously
How Often Should One Resistance Train?
What’s the magic frequency formula to looking/feeling like Hercules come summertime 😉 ?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) advises that resistance training should be performed 2-3 times a week minimum depending on factors such as ones’ experience in exercise, intensity level and recovery time between workouts. But hey feel free to seek professional advice when starting out and follow through with whichever regime is most convenient for you! Remember consistency is key.
In summary resistance training has a giant list of benefits: physically new-found strength +a toned bod, stronger joints/mindset besidesfat loss, improved mood..Shall we keep going?
We’ve discussed different types of methods one can undertake during this form of excersise from machines to calisthentics/group classes emphasizing staggering forms synergizing into making all our dream bodies come true.
One last reminder remember safety first when performing strenuous exercises->we are not Hulk; try taking it slow-yet-steady-bouncing back healthier&swole .