Maybe you’re wondering, “Should I strength train?” or maybe it’s “How important is strength training really?” Let’s chat about why you should definitely be strength training and how you can easily add it in.
Why should I strength train?
Lean muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. You’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body if you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose over time. Strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age.Mayo Clinic
This blog lists great reasons to strength train as well, including:
- Reducing the risk of injury
- Keeping your bones and joints healthy
- Reducing anxiety
Now let’s talk about how PowerFull Fitness offers great strength training options you can add in to your routine!
Strength training can come in all forms. One of the most recognized is weight lifting with dumbells or free weights. Our Wednesday early AM utilizes dumbells to strengthen the whole body. The use of individual weights allows you to control your own progress. As we increase our overall muscle mass we improve our functional fitness – ability to pick up children, carry all your groceries in at once, lift boxes into vehicles and pull the lawnmower cord!
Strength training does not always involve heavy weights. Barre is a perfect example. Barre typically uses only body weight or perhaps light (1-3lb) weights. Through high repetitions and a focus on small movements, barre strengthens and tones muscles. The added benefit of barre is not only are muscles strengthened, they are lengthened as flexibility and stretching are a vital component of any barre class, producing long and lean muscles.
If you want to add a little excitement into your strength training routine – mix it up! A lot of workout disguised as fun can have a huge strength building component – like trampoline fitness. SkyZone fitness classes utilize body weight training, free weight training and add in cardio to really increase your overall metabolic burn – that means you continue to burn fat and calories AFTER class is over.
Not all cardio and strength mixed classes are created equal. For some, the high impact of a boot camp or trampoline class is not the right fit for them. Enter Pop Pilates! Integrating the intense core work of pilates, the intense muscle work of barre and low/no impact cardio makes Pop Pilates a great addition to any strength training routine. Low impact to rest those joints, core focused to improve overall functional fitness!
Back to Basics
One of the most fundamental cardio and strength workouts is a boot camp. Boot camps are always changing and can keep even the most flighty participant engaged. Combining body weight, free weight, circuits, stations, and cardio these workouts were designed to get the most out of yourself in the shortest period of time. A great fast paced compliment to a lower impact strength training routine!
Want to add strength training to your routine? Join us today!
Not sure how you can incorporate strength training or looking for an option that’s right for you? Let’s chat! Schedule a 20-minute phone or face-to-face PowerFull Planning session with Laura today!