Benefits of Strength and Resistance TrainingYou Might Not Know
Whether you come into the classes in person, Zoom online or utilize our online library of pre-recorded classes, you still obtain many of these positive benefits!
At Inspired Fitness, we believe your body is the best training machine. No large, space taking machines. We utilize free weights (dumbbells), kettlebells, resistance tubing, sand bells and sandbags of various weights.
The benefits of strength training have been constantly undervalued over the years, in favor of cardio exercises like cycling and running. As a fitness routine to get in shape or a way to make time for yourself during the week, this type of training is one of the best activities you can do for your health.
There are many elements to strength training, also called resistance training or sometimes weight-lifting, but it essentially comes down to using your body weight against you or adding some basic weights to your workout routine.
It will always be advisable to seek out a professional when it comes to strength training, such as a personal trainer who can help you with the basics. However, there are strength training programs at Inspired Fitness to get you started on building strong muscles, better health and overall total body fitness.
Classes on our schedule that focus on mainly weight training are: Sculpt, or Sculpt Weights, Pure Power, RIPPED, Express Resistance and Body PowerPump.
Improved Brain Function
Weight training has been proven to slow the rate of brain shrinkage, a common occurrence with age.
Regular resistance training improves critical thinking skills and recall ability, with early practice having a greater effect in later life.
This is because progressive resistance training increases protein activation.
For example, in the case of a protein used to develop new brain cells (BDNF), greater activation means more brain cells, which in turn reduces the likelihood of mental decline and the onset of certain neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
Lower Blood Cholesteral
Heavy resistance training has been known to help reduce body fat, which in turn, correlates to lower blood cholesterol levels.
In one study, heavy strength training for 14 weeks significantly reduced cholesterol levels and, therefore, the onset of heart disease.
Professionals recommended that individuals carried out cardiovascular and resistance training for the most effective fat-loss strategy.
Activate Your Genes
The gene’s you’re born with aren’t the be-all and end-all of your genetic makeup.
Resistance training can play a big part.
Strength training activates specific genes, reprogramming your genetic makeup.
Regular resistance training has been associated with improved protein synthesis, response to physical stressors, and immunity - all influenced by genes.
Several studies suggest strength training could be the most effective form of exercise to reduce anxiety.
This is because resistance training causes neurological adaptations in the brain, by rewiring neural pathways.
Although many studies have shown the benefits of exercise and resistance training in relation to mental health issues, you should speak to a medical practitioner first if you think you may be experiencing symptoms.
Posture is a significant contributor to back pain, so improving posture is important to prevent any discomfort or pain.
Strength training can improve your core and strengthen the muscles that aid good posture, like those in the hips, spine, and shoulders.
A fact that often surprises people is that good posture can also benefit mental function and cognition.
Better Relationships and Self Esteem
Some studies have suggested that performing physical activity with co-workers or peers can greatly reduce work-related stress and improve quality of life, not to mention the social benefits of training together.
Group sessions, or even just having a workout partner, can have a great influence on motivation, and can improve your workout (having someone to spot you), as well as creating a good bonding experience. Self esteem increases when you feel confident and self awareness improves.
Improved Sleep Quality
A big part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle is sleep, so it’s important to be well-rested.
Weight training is one of the most supported physical activities for improving rest quality, with some research suggesting strength training is just as effective in helping sleep as certain medications.