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The Importance of Resistance Training

Posted by JCC Pittsburgh on June 18, 2015

Whether you’re new to exercise or you are an accomplished athlete, one of the most important ways to train your body is through resistance training which helps to build lean body mass. In order to properly train your body- and in order to see results like muscle toning, increased metabolism, increased bone density, and weight loss- incorporating some form of resistance training into your weekly exercise routine is essential. The Benefits of Strength Training… Resistance training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance like weighted barbells, dumbbells, exercise tubing, or your own body weight. Recently there has been tremendous scientific research promoting resistance training and the corresponding overall health benefits. That same research has taken away some of the common misconceptions associated with resistance training. Contrary to some belief, resistance training will not make you bulky or big. In fact, resistance training is the key to:

  • Weight loss and increased muscle tone
  • Developing strong bones
  • Increasing metabolism
  • Improving endurance and reducing injury

Where do you start? One of the hardest parts of incorporating a strength training program into your life is knowing where to start. In addition, knowing what and how often to lift, coupled with proper exercise technique can prevent you from feeling successful and seeing results. Group Power classes offer effective, often less intimidating, and arguably more fun ways to experience resistance training and keep you motivated. These classes are appropriate for all ages and fitness levels no matter what your level of experience. Not only are they an effective way to train your muscles, they are also time-efficient. In just 2-3 hours a week, you can experience a full-body workout that includes all the benefits of resistance training.

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association now jointly recommend twice-weekly strength training sessions, in addition to moderate or intense cardiovascular activity. There are many benefits of resistance training, and perhaps the most accessible is that it can help you lose weight and keep your body strong. No matter what your strength training goals might be, it is never too late to start some form of resistance training. Getting involved in a regular strength training program is essential to keep you healthy, and leaner for longer.

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