Why Strength Train
The goal of strength training isn’t always to be Hulk Hogan, sometimes it’s to “tone up” or keep your muscles strong for sport. Whatever the case may be there are plenty of reasons for strength training;
- Increase in muscle mass. This isn’t just great because you look beefy or toned, it’s great because increasing your body’s muscle mass essentially increases your ability to burn calories. The extra muscle fibers will burn more calories than fat, that’s just by having them, they can burn even more when they contract!
- Strong joints. Increasing your muscle mass also helps to maintain strong joints. Increasing joint strength means less injuries, better range of motion, and keeps you pain free.
- Bone density. By increasing the weight of our bodies and pushing against the floor our bodies will naturally increase bone density. So it’s not only for muscles!
- Improve posture. Loading the body while going through a full range of motion will force you to use core muscles to keep good posture and to achieve the full movement of the exercise.
- It’s fun! Pushing yourself and being able to lift heavy weights can be not only challenging but fun. It’s surprising what your body can achieve given a little bit of stimulus.
The reasons to strength train are vast. The best thing about strength training is that it keeps you lean, keeps your strong, and keeps you healthy. If you are a marathon runner, the more muscle fibers you have in your legs the easier it will be for you to run up hill and the more endurance you will have over all because there is more muscle mass to help you move. So it helps greatly in all aspects of your life, sport, general fitness, longevity, and a higher metabolism. So if it’s been a while since you’ve pumped some iron, get yourself back in the gym, pick up something heavy and see what kind of goals you can accomplish! If you have any questions about strength training or ways of starting please contact the Seattle Athletic Club’s fitness director Jacob Galloway.