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Strength Training

Aug 17, 2007
Strength training is a lot more than just going to the gym and lifting some weights. Strength training has a lot to do with desire and set routines. When you are strength training with weights you need to know that you are using your muscles to work against the extra pounds that you added on. This will not only strengthen the amount of muscle mass in your body, but it will help increase it as well. It does this by making your muscles work a lot harder than they are used to working. Using aerobic exercise, such as running or using bikes, you can make your muscles use oxygen more efficiently. By doing this process you are strengthening your heart and lungs as well.

Most of the people that use weights and work out with them use two different kinds of weights. The most popular types are free weights and weight machines. Free weights include barbells and dumbbells, while weight machines are specifically made by companies. Weight machines are designed to help isolate and work on certain muscles, whereas free weights are designed to work on a group of muscles at the same time.

Here is a typical instance using squats: you can do a squat using free weights by placing a barbell across your back and shoulders. You then proceed with the exercise by using squatting and back-up motions. Squatting works multiple muscles all at the same time. Now if you were to go to a machine and do a leg extension exercise, you would be exercising just your quadriceps. Knowing what you want to work on and how to do is an important part of strength training. You can work certain muscles at once, or you can break up the exercises and focus on just one muscle.

There is a huge difference when it comes to strength training and weightlifting. Strength training uses resistance methods like the free weights, weight machines, and resistance bands to build your strength and muscle. Weightlifting or more specifically power lifting concentrates on how much weight you can lift at one time. This type of lifting is not recommended for younger people. Younger people's bodies may still be developing during their younger years, and this can lead to injuries of their bones, joints, and muscles.

Knowing proper lifting techniques goes a long way when it comes to strength training. If you are not using them properly then you run the risk of a serious injury. You also could be wasting your time if you are not working the specified area that you are focusing on. Read up on the muscles you intend to work, and study the exercises involved very thoroughly so that you can get the most out of your strength training.
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Ralph Ruckman is the owner of a strength training weblog. Feel free to visit the blog for more information at: Strength Training
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