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Strength Training Does More Than Just Build Muscle

Jul 24, 2013

Strength training is a triple-threat to full body health and fitness. While it does focus on building muscle, it also kick-starts your metabolism, allowing you to burn more fat and increase your overall health. And don’t think that muscle building is just for men. Both men and women benefit from adding strength training to their fitness routine.

What are the benefits of strength training?

  • Increased muscle. This seems like a no-brainer, but there’s more to muscle building than looking fit. Muscle strength creates a stronger, more balanced core and stabilizes your body movements during daily activities.
  • Increased bone density. This helps reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis.
  • Improved performance. A beneficial fitness routine gives you more energy, which will help you complete your daily athletic activities more efficiently – whether running, swimming, or jogging.
  • Decreased weight. By adding lean muscle mass to your body, you will burn calories more efficiently, which will allow you to live a healthier, more mobile life.

What are the seven basic movement patterns?

For those without experience in strength training, a weight room can seem extremely intimidating at first. However, there is an easy way to add strength training to your daily or weekly fitness routine – by implementing seven basic movement patterns. These patterns include:

  • Lunge – forward, back
  • Pull – pull-ups
  • Push – push-ups
  • Squat – shoulder width, plié
  • Rotation – medicine ball rotations
  • Bend – deadlift variations
  • Single Leg – step-ups

Try incorporating these exercises into your routine to jump start your health and fitness goals. Your waistline, metabolism, and muscles will all benefit from these maximized movements, leading to healthier, fitter results.

If you would like more tips on how to create – or stick to – a strength training routine, contact Fitness Together Ellicott City today.


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