Why Strength Training
Why Should We Strength Train?
The latest research and scientific literature has shown us that, when done right, High Intensity Strength Training is the most efficient and most safe way to build muscle, lose fat, and get fit.
For a variety of reasons, many of us are missing out on the numerous benefits afforded by a proper strength training program.
For several decades, we have been led to believe that aerobic conditioning is the answer to all your fitness questions, and that best way to achieve such conditioning is to engage in steady-state “cardio” activities. However, this notion only accounts for one of many potential benefits of a properly conducted program of physical conditioning.
What people should seek is a program of conditioning that would involve total fitness, including all of the potential benefits of exercise and not just a portion of those benefits.
So what are the potential benefits of strength training?
There are three primary areas that are affected by slow motion, high intensity strength training at MYO:
The Cardiovascular System
Your cardiorespiratory system serves the mechanical functioning of the muscles. The higher the quality of muscular work, the higher the quality of cardiovascular and respiratory stimulus. Further cardiovascular adaptations include improved blood pressure and cardiac output.
During inroading, metabolic wastes (mostly lactic acid) accumulate faster than they can be eliminated. This creates an environment where growth factors are released and the first stages of muscle growth are stimulated. Further metabolic adaptations include improved glucose tolerance, metabolic rate, and HDL cholesterol improvements.
Muscle and Bone Density
As you get stronger, heavier weights are necessary to sufficiently challenge your muscles for inroading to occur. Exposure to heavier weights causes microscopic cellular damage that initiates the muscular adaptation and seems to be essential for stimulating increases in bone mineral density. Further anatomical adaptations include enhanced flexibility and improved resistance to injury.
Ultimately, a program of physical conditioning using high-intensity exercise can provide of a host of suspected and unsuspected benefits, including but not limited to the following:
- Decreased Body Fat
- Increased Metabolic Efficiency
- Increased Strength
- Increased Bone Density
- Increased Cardiovascular Efficiency
- Improved Insulin Sensitivity
- Increased HDL Cholesterol
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Increased Stamina
- Improved Mobility
- Increased Resistance to injury
- Enhanced Flexibility
- Improved Immune System
The benefits in Blue above are the famous Biomarkers of Aging. The more of them that worsen, the “older” you are medically. The common denominator to all of them is the amount of muscle mass we have, or don’t have.
As we get older, we steadily lose muscle. Without strength-building exercise, all of these get worse as we age. As you can see, physical conditioning with high intensity exercise can be very rewarding. However, it is important to understand that it also requires some rules and guidelines to make it safe and productive. It takes a collaborative effort between you and your personal trainer to bring all the elements together so that you can receive all the benefits.
Do you need the benefits of slow motion, high intensity strength training? Take action and setup your complimentary consult and demo workout! It will be our pleasure to serve you and help you reach your goals.