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Don't Be A Wimp Start Training For Strength

Aug 1, 2008
Usually, a strength training program will include isometric training and resistance training, both of which use the natural presence of gravity to build up muscle contractions. Three terms to get familiar with if you are new to strength training are intensity, volume, and frequency.

In isometric training, the joint angle and muscle length actually remain the same during muscle contractions. The force emanating from the muscle is equal to the force acting against the muscle, and there is no increased movement. Isometric training works on building the muscle at the specific joint angle that the exercise targets, and strengthens the muscle throughout its whole range of motion used for that exercise.

In resistance training, every exercise is done while working against forces produced by being pushed, squeezed, stretched, or bent. These types of exercises are useful in developing increased muscle power as well as size. Routinely doing resistance exercises will result in muscles that are stronger and more toned, as well as a higher overall bone mass.

Those all-important key phrases intensity, volume, and frequency are the three factors that you have to think about as you start a strength training program. Intensity is the level of force required, or the amount of weight that is lifted. Volume is the overall count of the muscles being used, the number of different exercises being performed, and the amount of sets and reps done at one workout.

Frequency is the number of workouts done per week, usually two or more at average. All of these factors are important in your routine, because satisfying all of them will give your muscles time to recover after each workout before beginning the next. If one of these factors increases, the other two must decrease. This way you avoid over-exerting yourself and risking possible injury or fatigue.

If you perform strength training exercises in the correct way, you will see quick results in myriad ways. You'll find that your general health has improved and you just feel better in your own skin. The strength and durability of your bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments is higher. Previously stiff joints will be stretched out and relaxed.

A background in proper strength training lowers your risk for sports injuries. And of course, you'll notice improved cardiac function. Proper strength training poses benefits both physical and mental, and enhances the overall function of your body. Living a healthy lifestyle will have it's rewards in the long run.
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Chris Jensen is a contributing author of Jetfly Blog. For more related articles and reviews visit Jetfly Healthy Lifestyle Blog now. Also, for the best up-to-date related online products, check out Jetfly Fitness Equipment Shop for todays current online deals.
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