Weight Training

Resistance training is often thought of as body building, sometimes in a negative way. Nothing could be further from the truth! Most of us need to improve our muscular strength and muscular endurance because our muscles are there to move our joints and support our skeleton. Weak muscles will inadvertently lead to (lower) back pain, a condition that accounts for more time off work than any other. Neck, knee and other joint problems follow closely behind. Strength training is key to improve those conditions. If you require help with any or all of them ring me now; I have a proven track record of more than 12 years helping my clients recover fully.

Weight training for women is equally important as it is for men. The constant pull of the muscles on the bones during weight training for women will strengthen the bones, protecting women from osteoporosis and it even may improve the condition. I often let my clients use resistance bands or free weights for their strength training program. The use of weights adds to the efficiency of the resistance training.

It is a sad fact that 1 in 3 men and half the women aged 65-74 do not have sufficient strength in their dominant leg to exert a force required to lift half of their body weight, i.e. rise from a chair without using their arms to assist them! Or to put it in a different way: they cannot walk up a flight of stairs without holding onto the banister for support.

The government recommendations to improve muscular strength through weight training is for two sessions per week where you work 8 to 10 different muscle groups for 8 to 12 repetition to 75% of what is known as the 1 repetition maximum (1RM). For muscular endurance training (stamina) you would keep the resistance lower but perform up to 30 repetitions.

These important strength training exercises won’t take you much more than half an hour, which everyone of us should be able to set aside. Also, there is no need to sign up at your local gym and sweat it out in front of others as all your resistance training routines, cross training or bench press can be done in an enjoyable way at my own private gym or you can improve your fitness in your own home. I’m an experienced personal trainer with a huge repertoire of weight training exercises to keep your sessions effective and fun.

Should you suffer with any of the lifestyle diseases it is most important to do your strength training with a highly qualified personal trainer. I hold a Gayton GP Exercise Referral certificate which is your guarantee that you’ll do your resistance training exercises with one of the best fitness trainers.