Whether you are trying to bulk up, lose weight or just achieve a more toned body, Resistance training must be a crucial part of your training regime. It doesn’t matter whether you are 16 or 60, male or female; the benefits of weight training are endless.
“So what is resistance training?” Resistance training involves adding resistance to any movements. Some examples of resistance training are weight training, training with resistance bands or training with bodyweight exercises, for example: Push-ups, Bodyweight Squats, Pull-ups, etc.
Some people will say to me, “But I don’t want to look like a Bodybuilder!” The simple answer to this query is “You won’t!” The Bodybuilders that most of you are thinking about have spent years in the gym doing advanced workouts, week in, week out. Also, nearly all of these bodybuilders are on some anabolic steroids, which are 100% illegal!
One of the main benefits of resistance training is that it ramps up your metabolism. Basically, this means that you burn more calories when you are resting. So if you are trying to lose weight, this is a no brainer! It means you may not have to spend hours on the treadmill of stationary bike trying to burn the extra calories you consumed over the weekend.
For people trying to lose weight, regular weight training along with a balanced, high protein diet will help you achieve your results much faster and easier than somebody who is on a strict diet and forces themselves to do hours of the same old boring workouts on a treadmill or a stationary bike.
The most important piece of advice I would give to a beginner starting weight training, is to go and see a qualified personal trainer who gives you a program to follow and teaches you the correct ways to do the exercises in your program. Ignoring this advice will lead to injury and slower results.
There are many myths about resistance training and in particular, weight training. Some of these myths sound like this: “Weight Training is Dangerous”, “Weight Training is bad for your joints”, or “Weight Training makes you bulky.” With regard to the first myth, I agree with this, weight training can be dangerous. But only, if you do not know what you are doing and use bad technique, but it is perfectly safe if you go to a Personal Trainer before you start your program and use the technique that he/she gives you. Weight training is not bad for your joints. Weight Training will increase the health of your joints by strengthening the muscles & ligaments that hold them together. And lastly, weight training will not make you bulky. I have touched on this point above but I want to add to what I said. Muscle is denser than fat, so if you have 10kg of fat you are going to be “Bulkier” than someone who has 10kg of muscle. So if you are become muscular you will defiantly not become “Bulky!”
For older people, resistance training can help reduce muscle loss, maintain or increase joint flexibility, slow down bone loss that accompanies aging, and increase bone density. This just backs up my argument that everybody should be doing resistance training.
If you still aren’t convinced, then ask people in the health industry. Very few people will disagree with what I am saying, and even the people who disagree with me will probably not have legitimate arguments!