Why Strength Train?

Published: Sunday, March 1, 2009 By: John

In the overall scheme of fitness and health, strength training plays a major role for everyone. Do you understand the importance?

Do you believe strength training will get you bulky and cardio is the only answer? Should people avoid resistance training after age 50 or 60? Is it only for athletes? These are a few of the questions I have gotten through the years. Facts are facts and many of these things are simply wrong. Here are some interesting facts you should know:

1. One statistic that has always stood out to me: People who do some form of resistance training have 50 percent greater bone density than those who do nothing. That is the best way to treat osteoporosis, and it's not a drug.


2. Women have 1/10 the testosterone level of men. They don't have the same ability as men to grow muscle, but they are stronger pound-for-pound. Unless you are genetically predisposed to large muscle, you probably won't get bulky. Personally, I would take muscle tone and shape over flab any day.


3. Muscular imbalance - when one side of the body is stronger or less flexible than the other - seems to be getting more common. You may just write it off, but I truly believe this is something that will cause orthopedic problems if left unchecked.


4. Metabolic rate increases with muscle tone.


5. The older you get, the more strength training will help you. As you age, you lose bone density and motor skills. Strength training will increase both. I commonly see people in their 60s and 70s and sometimes 80s. Strength training is not just for the young.


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    I started working out with John after many years of trying many different fad diets that didn't work for me. I also have a problem with my lowerback. I really wanted to try something different and the idea of one on one training appealed to me. My initial goal was to strengthen my back and lose some weight. I have been very successful with my fitness program so far and cannot wait to achieve more of my goals. Right now I am very surprised how strong I am and would have never dreamed that I could do all the things I am doing, especially with the back problems I have had in the past. I could not be happier with John and my workouts are challenging and fun at the same time.


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