You might hear a lot of personal trainers talk a lot about the importance of Strength Training. What is strength training though?
In this article we are going to talk about what Strength Training.
What is Strength Training?
Strength training is the process of progressively adding heavier resistance to help build and develop muscles. This is why strength training can also be referred to as Resistance Training. This can be accomplished using your own bodyweight or using traditional weights, ie with barbells, dumbbells, cable machines, etc.
Strength training is likely the most common activity you see people engaging in at a traditional gym. Typically you will find most people engage in Weight Training. You can do Weight Training, which is part of strength training, but keep mind don't mix up the terms. You can do bodyweight training which is also strength training.
The main benefits of strength training is that you will see an increase in muscle fiber size, ie growing the muscles. This is usually what most people and clients tell they want. Strength training will also help strengthen ligaments, tendons, and your bones. (Tendons attach muscles to bones and ligaments attach bones to bones.) Strength Training benefits your entire musculoskeletal system and bone mineral density (BMD).
If do not do any type of strength training, some experts which isn't me lol, say that you will lose 0.5 pounds of muscle each year. However in just 10 weeks with a good resistance training program you can increase your muscle by 1.4 kg (3.08 pounds) and reduce your fat weight by 1.8kg (3.96 pounds).
Anyway I hope this answers the question of “What is strength training?” If you have any other questions, let me know with a comment below.