Weight training is very important, and potentially the one thing that you are missing in your quest for a higher quality of life. Hundreds of new participants enter the gym each year and most of them start the same way. They get on the treadmill or the bike and walk or ride the bicycle slowly or at an easy pace. They might do 20 minutes on one and 20 minutes on the other before hitting the showers and then going about their day. Sure, it is 100% better than doing nothing, but most of these participants have larger goals than this type of programming will afford them. While the treadmill walk and bicycling is a decent warm up and cool-down it cannot be the bulk of your exercise programming if you are going to see major changes in your health and your body. Also it is important to note that doing the same thing week after week will yield the same response. The body must face a multitude of variation to keep progressing!
Some effects of weight training include: increased muscle mass, improved bone density, improved metabolism, burn calories at rest, increased testosterone and human growth hormone serum levels, improved mood, increased confidence, increased muscular strength and endurance, improved functional fitness, and so much more.
Do you struggle to carry things or lift things up on a shelf?
Do you find that your posture is wrong?
Do you have osteoporosis or osteopenia?
Do you have low testosterone and low confidence and libido?
Is one side of your body stronger than the other?
Are you skinny and want larger muscles? Weight training can help to fix these things.
This article is not to discredit the use of aerobic training as a part of a well-rounded fitness program. Aerobic training is important, but if you want to live a long functionally strong, and productive life with minimal injuries and discomfort, an individually unique weight training program is what you need. Once you have that foundation, then you can add in dose specific cardiovascular exercise.
These are the Formal Fitness Training 5 pillars of success! Results start with sleep and stress management followed by diet, weight training, and the proper amount of cardiovascular exercise to reach your goals. Also, don’t forget about muscle recovery and mobility work!
1. Quality Sleep
2. Managing your Stress
3. Diet for your goals (Carbohydrate Cycling & Intermittent Fasting, or Clean Eating)
4. Weight Training & Cardiovascular Conditioning for your goals
5. Muscle Recovery and Mobility Work (Foam Rolling, Tiger Tail, Massage, Stretching)
This is no such thing as a cookie cutter one sized fits all workout program which will work for you. It is important to figure all factors into a well-rounded exercise routine. Your health, previous or current injuries, muscular imbalances, range of motion, and exercise experience must all be considered when creating your routine. Formal Fitness Training is always seeking new people to help, so do not hesitate to reach out to us when you are trying to make a change in your body, mind, and soul!
Onward and Upward always!