If you knew that a certain type of exercise could improve your health, balance, build strong lean muscles, strengthen your bones, and help you lose weight all while making you feel and look better, wouldn’t you want to get started? Studies show that strength training can provide all those benefits and more.
So how do you get started? Using your own body weight is a great start. Not only can you get a super effective strength training workout using your own bodyweight, but bodyweight exercises are also great for beginners to become familiar with all the main movement patterns in strength training. While bodyweight moves is key, you will probably like to eventually start using resistance and weights into your training plan. Resistance bands are a great introduction to incorporating strength building exercises into your regular fitness programme. It’s like a gym in a bag! Resistance bands come in varying levels of intensity that will allow you to build strength while challenging all of your major muscles groups over a period of time with regular use. At Squat2Fit, we use resistance bands in our strength and conditioning classes as a full body workout. Many of our regular members have commented that they noticed a difference in the overall tone and definition in their bodies as a result.
Should you use weights if you are a beginner? The simple answer to this question is yes! Anyone can use weights regardless of your level of fitness. Start off with low weights and build on this overtime. The basic principle is to apply a load and overload the muscle, so it needs to adapt and get stronger. What’s important for everyone to know, is that strength training is not just about body builders lifting weights in a gym. Regular strength or resistance training also helps prevent the natural loss of lean muscle mass that comes with aging. So the next time you workout, try incorporating some strength and resistance exercises. For some ideas, and more workout videos, please visit our YouTube Channel on the following link: Kim Valente Squat2Fit.