If the purpose of your fitness program is to get a stronger and leaner body then there is nothing quite like resistance training to assist in reshaping your body.
There are various different types of resistance training programs but they all center around the use of weights, machines or your own body weight to add resistance to a workout routine. This additional resistance forces the body to grow and at the same time, burn fat.
Depending on what results you are after, resistance training can be used to develop a bigger body, as you might see with bodybuilders, or it can be used solely to gain strength without the focus on weight gain. Naturally this weight gain would be lean muscle but there are some people who have no desire to gain additional muscle size.
Many women are reluctant to enter into a resistance-training program for fear that they might develop big muscles and lose their femininity.
This does not have to be the outcome of a resistance-training program. Resistance can be used just as effectively to reduce body weight in the form of fat and also to create a leaner and sexier body.
Fortunately more people are realizing that resistance training is one of the fastest ways to reshape a body no matter what your goals are. In addition to the reshaping of your body and the reduction of body fat that comes about from a successful resistance-training program, there is the added benefit of better aerobic fitness.
Some people are still of the mistaken belief that resistance training does not help with aerobic fitness but this is not true. A good resistance-training program will also help with aerobic fitness. It really depends on the amount of energy you exert during your exercise routines and by simply adding speed to your routine you will be increasing your aerobic fitness. That speed can be in the time it takes to perform an exercise or by reducing or eliminating the rest time between exercises.
Resistance Training Benefits:
Resistance training involves the use of free weights and/or machines to stimulate muscle growth and also to help burn fat. Muscles burn fat, so it goes without saying that the bigger your muscles the more fat they are going to burn. Not only will you build a stronger fitter body from resistance training but you will also help your body to become leaner at the same time.
For beginners, it can be sufficient to use your body weight with exercises that use neither weights nor machines. This is the best way to start to ensure you don’t get injured or over load muscles that haven’t had much physical exercise for a period of time.
Usually, beginners will progress relatively fast and it won’t take long to begin using more and more resistance. This initial burst of progress encourages many people and this can drive people on to adding more resistance training or more weights to their training.
There is a need to ensure that the body is recovering enough between periods of exercise or there can be a tendency to over train and actually do more harm than good. Most professional sports people use resistance training in some form or another, as any strengthening of muscle groups will assist in their performance.
The fact that resistance training also has a big influence on the burning of body fat has seen many weight loss programs add this to their regime.
It is no longer the domain of the bodybuilders alone. People of all ages are sculpting their bodies faster than ever with resistance training.
There are some excellent home gyms available now that work all muscle groups of the body and the convenience of having this equipment in the home makes it all the easier to train and maintain your body.
How Resistance Training Works:
Resistance training, through the use of weights, machines, or your own body weight, forces the cells of the body to adapt to the extra loads that are being applied.
The cells are broken down during this exercise process and become stronger when they are given time to recover. Unless there is sufficient time for the body to recover from this resistance, it will become over trained and consequently there will be a stop, or even a reduction in the benefits that one might achieve.
This is one of the reasons why many beginners plateau after training for a short period of time and fail to see the progress that they enjoyed initially.
They are essentially over training by not allowing their cells sufficient time to recover from the exercise. By constantly breaking down the cells during exercise and not allowing them to recover they become fatigued and don’t have the opportunity to grow.
It is a simple process to solve this problem once you understand what is happening. Unlike the action most people take by training harder and harder to get the gains they were once getting, they should actually reduce the workload slightly or allow for longer periods of rest or recuperation.
Until the body has adapted to a new regime of resistance training it is better to start off with lighter weights and/or easier exercises using only your body weight. It is also wise to have longer rest periods between each exercise and also between the days that you are working out.
Once you have trained in this manner for a while you will be able to increase the workout intensity and start making noticeable gains. Your body will soon become accustomed to the exercise and this in turn will make you less likely to suffer from any injuries.