April 5, 2012 by Imprint Fitness
Hey Guys and Gals,
So as of late I seem to get this question, I’m in the gym, working out and someone near me will ask, ” Are you training for a competition?”
I politely answer “No” and attempt to move on with my rep, set, workout. Now I am flattered (but not amused) that there is often a follow up question, and I hope that it is based on appearances both physical and intensity, “So, what are you training for?”.
Simply stated, “Life, I train for life.” I know what you’re thinking… Large Pizza, EXTRA CHEESE, hold the pizza!! I guess in some circles that is pretty cheesy. It’s not meant to be. I train hard. My Love and workout partner, Rebecca, trains hard. We grind out rep after rep, set after set. We lift heavy, as heavy as possible without sacrificing form and ROM. FYI… training hard and heavy does not equal training loud but that’s another post…
So back to the subject, I train hard for life because I want every second of my life to be quantity with quality. I don’t want to be eighty, ninety, or a hundred, rolling around in my rascal, steering with my chin… Screw that!!
If I have 1,576,800,000 seconds left (give or take 5,450,001) then I want to be able to do whatever the hell I want with them! The key words there are ” be able”. The benefits of resistance training, weight lifting, working out are numerous and proven, time and time again;
Research demonstrates that resistance exercise training has profound effects on the musculoskeletal system, contributes to the maintenance of functional abilities, and prevents osteoporosis, sarcopenia, lower-back pain, and other disabilities. More recent seminal research demonstrates that resistance training may positively affect risk factors such as insulin resistance, resting metabolic rate, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, body fat, and gastrointestinal transit time, which are associated with diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Research also indicates that virtually all the benefits of resistance training are likely to be obtained in two 15- to 20-min training sessions a week. Sensible resistance training involves precise controlled movements for each major muscle group and does not require the use of very heavy resistance. Center for Research in Health Behavior, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061-0436
1. Strength training protects bone health and muscle mass.
After puberty, whether you are a man or a woman, you begin to lose about 1 percent of your bone and muscle strength every year. “One of the best ways to stop, prevent, and even reverse bone and muscle loss is to add strength training to your workouts,” advises Troy Tuttle, MS, an exercise physiologist at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.”
2. Strength training makes you stronger.
Strength training is also called resistance training because it involves strengthening your muscles by contracting them against a resisting force. There are two types of resistance training:
- Isometric resistance involves contracting your muscles against a non-moving object, such as against the floor in a push-up.
- Isotonic strength training involves contracting your muscles through a range of motion as in weight lifting.
Both make you stronger and can get you into better shape. Remember that with strength training your muscles need time to recover, so find a program that incorporates rest periods allowing for recovery.
3. Strength training helps you develop better body mechanics.
Strength training has benefits that go well beyond the appearance of nicely developed muscles. Your balance and coordination will improve, as will your posture. More importantly, if you have poor flexibility and balance, strength training can increase both while reducing your risk of falling by as much as 40 percent, a crucial benefit, especially as you get older.
4. Strength training plays a role in disease prevention.
Studies have documented the many wellness benefits of strength training. If you have arthritis, strength training can be as effective as medication in decreasing arthritis pain. Strength training can help post-menopausal women increase their bone density and reduce the risk of bone fractures. And for the 14 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, strength training along with other healthy lifestyle changes can help improve glucose control.
5. Strength training boosts energy levels and improves your mood.
Strength training will elevate your level of endorphins (natural opiates produced by the brain), which will make you feel great. As if that isn’t enough to convince you, strength training has also been shown to be a great antidepressant, to help you sleep better, and to improve your overall quality of life.
6. Strength training translates to more calories burned.
You burn calories during strength training, and your body continues to burn calories after strength training, a process called “physiologic homework.” More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat, and in fact strength training can boost your metabolism by 15 percent — that can really jumpstart a weight loss plan.
Strengh training is quite often associated with athletes and body builders who work hard at increasing muscle size. Most people are convinced that when resistance training is done, the body will simply grow bigger. For many men (and some women) increasing muscle size is desireable, but, the typical resistance training I’m talking about won’t increase your bulk but will simply increase increase the strength of the body. I promise you that you will not be big and/or bulky, no matter who you are unless that is your goal, even then it is a very difficult task to reach bodybuilder proportions.
A simple, time efficient, strength training program created for you based on your goals can actually reduce your overall size due to the FACT that 1 lb. of muscle takes up 1/3 the space that 1 lb. of fat does
One pound of fat is three times the size of one pound of muscle
you can lose 1 pound of fat and gain 1 pound of muscle… you will look smaller and weigh the same
Your clothes will be loose and the scale will show the same number it did when you started
Inches will disappear
Youthfulness will reappear
So now you know what you need to do…
OK, there is wayyyyy too much info out there and opinions are ten fold! What do you believe, what should you try?
You may want to ask a personal trainer, a personal trainer can gather information for and from you to put together the best plan of attack based on your goals and limitations. Check out our post on finding a personal trainer HERE for more info.
So, Yes, I train for life! The toughest competition on the planet… Are you ready to compete… for life?