There are many
benefits to strength training. I believe it's part of what
I call the 'basic three' strategy to good physical training
and conditioning. The other two components are cardio and
flexibility training. These three combined elements will play
a big part in slowing the aging process and keeping you strong,
vibrant and healthy.
Here are just
some of the benefit of strength training:
lean muscle mass. This helps us in many ways but I believe
the most important is keeping your weight down. Muscle
burns many more times is weight in calories than fat does.
So you burn more calories just lounging around, walking,
going about your daily business.
feeling better. Everyone who has done some strength training
at all knows this.
injuries. True of both sports and life related injuries.
bone density. Studies have shown that strength (resistance)
training can increase bone density and prevent or help
aging process. Gives us the strength and vitality to participate
in many activities we might pass on.
self confidence and self esteem. We look better, feel
better and have a stronger self image when we are in shape
and have muscle tone.
So if it's so important,
then why don't many of us do it?
The problem many
of us face are time constraints. "I know I should work
out more. I feel and look better when I do, but I just can't
find the time to do it regularly". Truly a universal
For years I worked
out on a BoFlex machine. Good workout, but as I progressed
I found I needed to workout longer and harder to make gains.
The same had been true in the past with free weights.
A couple of years
ago I read an interesting book on the subject of static contraction
training. I immediately put it to a test and have been hooked
on since. Even in my sixties I can keep muscle tone, increase
both muscle size and strength and feel great.
has been proven to work even better in many cases than hours
in the gym doing heavy weights or machines... in a fraction
of the time.
While I do profess
to be a self defense expert, I am not an expert on strength
training or static contraction training.
If you are interested
you can read more about this and perhaps pick up a copy (updated)
of the book that sent me on may to this new system here.