We get it - weights can be an intimidating thing to get involved with, especially if you don't know what you're doing. But done with correct form, with a training program, resistance training provides a whole lot of benefits that you might not have even been aware of. Below we have posted our top 5 reasons to incorporate resistance training into your training:
1 - Strength Who wants to feel weak and feeble? No one. There is nothing more empowering than lifting more than the last time you stepped in the gym. Whether you're an athlete wanting to increase your strength for a specific sport or just someone who wants to feel a little bit stronger within themselves weight training is what's going to get you there.
With feeling stronger typically means actually being stronger. Seeing as we use our bodies and muscular system on a day to day basis, if this system is stronger it makes day to day living much easier. Maybe you'll even make the shopping bag haul from the car in a 1er!
2 - Increased Muscle Mass Girls don't be put off! You're not going to turn into a Russian looking shot-putter as soon as you pick up a dumbbell above 5kg. In fact, most of the bikini bodies you fantasise over in the magazines & social media are probably built through resistance training. We have covered this before, there are 2 aspects of having a toned looking body and that is: Losing fat (Done mainly through diet) Muscle Hypertrophy (Done mainly through training) For both men & women it is essential to do resistance training in order to fully maximise the hypertrophy part.
3 - Increased Bone Density There is a common misconception about weights and making bones & joints weaker, this couldn't be more wrong! If performed correctly weights can delay the onset of osteoporosis. No more brittle bones as you age!
4 - Improved Cardio Vascular Health I hear it time and time again while training people: "It's surprising how out of breath I get just from doing weights!" Weights are also an extremely effective way to improve cardiovascular health. Resistance training has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and increase your VO2 max. If you aren't sweating or at least feeling breathless after a weights based session the chances are the intensity is not there.
5 - Improved Mental Health One of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle is a healthy mind. People who suffer from depression and anxiety are increasing. Regular resistance training is an effective way to release stress, not to mention the extra feel good endorphins you get after a hard session. Having a programme in place can give you a goal to focus and work towards which will take your mind off other things. Health clubs & gyms tend to be a great place to meet focused, like-minded individuals (which is what we pride ourselves for, creating a friendly environment).