Do You Need Strength Training?
A question I get more often than any other in speaking with people who are ready to start a fitness program is this:
“Do I need to do strength training?”
I love this question. And Yes you do!
Strength improves everything. Mobility improves when you are moving often and taking your joints through a full range of motion. Balance and joint integrity improve. Strength will improve running and all your daily activities. Strength training will improve posture.
“Weightlifting is dangerous, and I don’t want to get injured,” they say.
Being weak is dangerous and gets you injured. Lifting weights with proper form and the appropriate intensity for your abilities is safe and will even reduce your chance of daily injuries.
“I don’t want to get bulky.”
Adding lean mass is by far the most difficult training goal to achieve. Even if you’re TRYING to get bulky from weightlifting, it’s hard. A sedentary lifestyle combined with poor sleep, high stress and the consumption of to much energy (calories) will lead to bulkiness.
“I just want to lose weight … I don’t need to get strong.”
Resistance training at least 2 times a week is one of the first things we recommend to clients who want to lose weight and fat. Why? Because it’s scientifically proven to work. Also, because relative strength is one of the most important indicators of health and longevity as we age.
I could go on for days about how wonderful strength training is for the mind and body. But, it’s something you need to physically do to understand.
I challenge you to give strength training a chance. When you participate in a well-designed strength & sweat (cardio) program for a period of time (12 weeks hits the spot), you’ll get what I mean.
Strength training is quality life insurance. It’s good to have some.
Coach Dom Lucibello