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4 Things You Should Know About Strength Training

Strength training should be an important part of any fitness program. Even if your goal is not to build muscle, but instead to lose weight, strength training will help you.

It does this by increasing the metabolism rate of the body, and when muscles are built, they push out fat of the body, well so to speak.

This article shows you 4 essential things you should know about weight training:

#1. Strength training is a great form of cardio:

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Certain types of strength training will have significant elements of cardio, such as in exercises like push-ups and squats, depending on the intensity at which they are performed. Strength training is highly advised for you. One of the reasons why is so, is because it improves your cardiovascular fitness.

If you’ve ever done a grueling bench press set or squat set and your heart seemed like it was racing for air, you should know that this was a very beneficial form of cardio.

#2. Reduces body fat levels:

Reducing Body Fat

Strength training done at a challenging pace requires a lot of energy. When all this energy is expended during workouts like squats, deadlifts, etc, you burn a lot of calories.

#3. Strength doesn’t mean bigger size:

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It’s almost logical to think that strength training will makes you look like Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson; however, this is a misconception. Although, it is true that you could get much bigger muscles with strength training, not all types of strength training will lead to such muscular development and size (hypertrophy).

When you train with high weight, low reps, low volume, it yields gains in strength and muscle tone but very limited increases in muscle size. This is good for those that desire a high strength to weight ratio, whereas, if you train with moderate reps, moderate weight, moderate-high volume, this is best for increasing muscle size.

#4. Strength training improves posture and balance:

posture

A lot of people suffer from poor balance and posture caused by a range of activities we perform on a daily basis. For instance, wearing high heels and constantly working at a desk are two common behaviours that often lead to postural challenges.

Whatever the case may be, strength training evens out imbalances, strengthens a weak core, and builds a balanced posture for both sport and regular daily activities.

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