Strength training has so many benefits, I’m not sure I have the time to list them all, but here’s a start:
- Strength training creates a “metabolic disturbance” in your body that burns more calories than a SSC session
- Increases lean muscle mass
- Building and maintainig muscle burns calories – the spare tire of fat around your mid-section does not burn any calories
- Good strength training can improve movement dysfunctions
- Prevention of age-related problems like osteoporosis and sarcopenia (muscle loss associated with aging)
- Improved coordination and proprioception
And the elephant in the room…strength training helps you look better naked. Who wouldn’t want a little more muscle when looking in the mirror? You’re not going to get that muscle from the treadmill.
Lots of people tell us they “work out” and “lift weights”, but they usually describe something like this…
You’re not going to gain muscle doing curls with 3 lb dumbbells for 100 reps. Sorry to burst your bubble. Instead, strength training should look something like this…
If you want to lose weight and aren’t including strength training in your program, I fear that next year, you’ll be trying to lose the same 30 pounds you’ve been fighting for years. And to everyone else, if you’re mindlessly performing cardio and not strength training, you should be ashamed of yourself. I’m kidding of course, but how many more reasons do you need?
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Interested in strength training but not sure where to start? Come try a free class or call to schedule a free consultation with one of our staff to learn how strength training can get you healthier, stronger, and of course, looking better naked.
Stay tuned for the 3rd part in this series – Conditioning & Cardio!