Defining Strength Training

What exactly is strength training? A quick trip over to Wikipedia shows this definition …

“Strength training is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles.”

Say what? What does that even mean? Basically put, when you lift or move any weight that is greater than your body is used to, your muscles experience tiny tears and rips. After your physical exertion is done, your body then goes to work healing your muscle fiber.

Your body actually repairs your muscles so that they are stronger than before, so they are ready for an increased workload in the future. That is what strength training focuses on, as opposed to cardio or aerobic exercises.

And you don’t have to join a gym or buy a bunch of expensive weight equipment to strength train properly. Strength training just means overloading your muscles, and making them do more than they are used to. There are body weight exercises and circuit training routines which let you use your own body to build muscle, burn calories, shred fat and lose weight.

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Of course, the more weight you can lift, the more muscles you will develop. And muscles burn calories at a higher rate than fat does. That is why strength training is more effective than hours spent walking or jogging on your treadmill, if burning the most amount of fat in the least amount of time is your goal.

Strength training also provides a lot of other benefits. Your heart is healthier, you run a much lower risk of contracting diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, your brain is sharper and quicker, and you feel great about yourself.

Combined with a healthy diet, strength training is probably the most efficient way to burn fat and get fit.

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