Resistance Training, otherwise known as strength training, is the use of resistance in your fitness routine to help build strength, endurance and muscles. All well-rounded fitness programs for women should include strength training at least two days each week to improve joint function, bone density, and muscle, tendon and ligament strength.
There are many types of exercises that count as resistance training and it’s important to make sure you are increasing things like sets, reps and intensity every six to eight weeks to make sure you don’t plateau and continue to build lean muscle mass.
Some of our favorite types of resistance training include:
- Free Weights
- Medicine ball or sand bags
- Resistance bands
- Suspension equipment such as a TRX band
- Your own body weight!
You read that right. Your own body weight is a great way to build muscle and burn fat. Exercises like squats, push-ups, pull ups and burpees not only improve endurance and strength, you can also add in free weights to many body weight activities to up the sweat factor.
One crucial part of strength training is the importance of making sure exercises are performed correctly. Using proper form allows you to reap the most benefits from the exercise and avoid injury. Our knowledgeable trainers at Bootique are here to help!
We show you which exercises work for each muscle group and will show you how to properly execute the moves, so you are on your way to a stronger, healthier you! They are also well versed when it comes to modifications, so even if you have an existing injury or certain limitations, they will help you come up with a plan that works for your individual needs.
The health benefits of including resistance training to your routine isn’t just limited to increased muscle mass and bone and joint health, either. Not only will you look better in your spandex, you will feel better, too. Building lean muscle leads to improved sleep, reduces the risk of age-related disease and leaves you feeling incredible about what your body can accomplish.