The Benefits of Strength Training
Strength training improves your body’s ability to resist injury and fatigue. You will have greater endurance, stamina, coordination, agility, balance and flexibility. These are some of the advantages of strength training.
Strength training improves your cardiovascular system. It increases blood flow to muscles and other vital organs. This helps prevent heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and many other diseases such as diabetes mellitus (diabetes).
Strength training improves your bones. It strengthens the joints and bones which allows them to withstand more stress from exercise or sports activities. Strength training improves your nervous system. It develops mental alertness, concentration skills, problem solving abilities and memory capacity.
There are several reasons why strength training improves your physical condition. One reason is because it improves your cardiovascular system. Another reason is because it improves the muscles’ endurance and coordination.
A third reason is that strength training helps build muscle mass, which makes you stronger and able to lift heavier objects with less effort. Finally, strength training helps develop bone density and reduces osteoporosis.
In addition to these advantages, there are other benefits of strength training besides improving your physical condition. For example, strength training can calm you. It can help you relax and relieve the effects of daily stress.
In addition, strength training can help you fall asleep more easily at night.
The information above is to educate you about weight lifting and its benefits. In the following paragraphs we will tell you how to properly perform these exercises. We will explain some basic weight training principles.
Please read this section carefully because this is really important.
Before we begin, let us first clarify what weight training is. Weights or resistance training is the process by which you make your muscles work against an opposing force. This can be achieved in several ways.
You can lift free weights such as barbells and dumbbells. You can grip weight machines that are secured to the ground. You can also use rubber exercise tubing that expands when you grip it firmly in your hands. There are several types of grip and stance you can use for each of these exercises so you’ll want to learn how to use them. That way you can keep your body healthy and resistant to injury.
Weights are measured in pounds or kilograms. A pound is slightly heavier than a kilogram, but for our purposes we will only be dealing with pounds. The basic unit of measurement for weight lifting is the weight plate.
You will find several types of weight plates at most gyms. Here are some examples:
The most common weight plate is the 1/4 plate. There are 10 1/4 plates to a pound.
If you are a woman or you are not sure if you can lift a particular amount, then it is best to use smaller weight plates. For instance, if you can lift 10 pounds, you should use 2.5-pound weight plates.
If you can lift 20 pounds, you should use 5-pound weight plates.
Another type of weight plate is the 1/2 plate. There are 5 1/2 plates to a pound.
The smallest type of weight plate is the 1/2 pounder. There are 10 1/2 pounders to a pound.
You can use any combination of these plates to equal the desired weight you want to lift. For instance, if you want to lift 45 pounds, you can use 2 x 1/2 pounders, 2 x 1 pounders, and 3 x 1/2 plates.
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