Resistance Training Defined
What Is Resistance Training?
I’m getting pretty basic here but let’s start by talking about resistance training. It is simply working against some type of force that resists your movement. Weightlifting would be the first one to pop into my head but body weight, resistance bands and water can also provide excellent resistance training opportunities.
Why Should I Resistance Train?
Resistance/Strength training will not only build stronger muscles, it will build stronger bones, connective tissues and increase joint stability. When you see an elderly lady, do you think “man, she should have done more cardio.” OR do you think “wow, she could have used resistance training to build up some strength.” I know which one I think.
For those of us not thinking about osteoporosis just yet, let’s talk about muscle mass. Resistance training will give you more bang for your buck when it comes to building muscle. That’s pretty obvious, right? And gaining muscle will help you build fat. No…. IT WILL NOT MAKE YOU LOOK BULKY! How many women do you know that lift weights? A lot. And how many of them look bulky? While they may develop some muscle in their bodies, I think we can all agree that very few actually reach that “bulky” state.
Which Exercises Are Best?
I prefer multi-joint exercises over single join exercises. For example, I will take a squat (hips, knees, ankles) over a leg curl (knees) any day. My favorite are the olympic lifts because not only are they hitting almost every joint in your body, they are also working your mind. If you’ve ever done a clean or snatch build-up, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Of course, you can’t walk into a gym and do every single multi-joint exercise there is every single day. A good routine consists of both types of movements. Solid lifting plans also consist of cardio mixed with resistance training. We’ve talked about Metcons before. In my personal opinion, that is when the real magic happens and people take their fitness to the next level!
3 Snatch (135/95)