Muscular strength is defined as your muscle’s ability to generate force1. Resistance exercise such as lifting weights offers a number of health benefits including increased muscular strength, increased bone density, increased metabolism, improved body composition with reduced fat mass and increased lean body mass, and improved body awareness and proprioception. As an active individual, strength training also plays a huge role in the prevention of injury. If we consistently engage in the same types of physical activities, isolated groups of muscles are repetitively trained. As a result, the other relatively “unused” muscles become weak and the remaining body imbalance can lead to injury.
When beginning any strength program, it is always a good idea to seek direction from a professional to set up an individualized program and ensure you are performing the exercises correctly. When in doubt, start low and slow, focusing on form and technique rather than how much weight you are lifting. Generally, begin with exercises that target the large muscle groups in the body or those that are neglected with your regular training. Including resistance exercise in your workout plan can help you attain a greater level of fitness and overall health, as well as keep you on track with your current training plan.
At Craven SPORT Services we encourage our clients to “train smarter to play harder” and are equipped with a knowledgeable staff of physical therapists that can provide the help you need to properly monitor and progress your training, and more importantly keep you moving toward your goals!
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1Baechle, T & Earle, R. (2000). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. NCSA