Monday, September 27, 2010
Strength or resistance training is not rocket science or in any way some mystical secret formula. Strength training is simply challenging your muscles with a restistance which works them and fosters increased ability to use a greater resistance.
Note I said challenging muscles. Barbie weights do NOT foster increases in strength. The workouts displayed in DVDs such as 30 Day Shred are misleadingly promoted as strength workouts when in fact they are cardio workouts which only build endurance. The use of weights which are the same or less than objects we lift everyday do not build increased strength.
It makes no difference if you use bodyweight exercises, assisted bodyweight exercises (suspension training and Total Gym are examples)resistance bands, machines or free weights, all will produce results if the muscles are challenged.
The best programmes to follow use full body and compound movement exercises as opposed to isolation exercises involving small muscle groups. Body for Life or the The New Rules of Lifting for Women/Men are excellent sources for information and guidance. The not only tell you how to do the various exercises, more importantly they tell you why.
As for the hamsters on the treadmills they are to a large extent putting in time and deluding themselves with the urban myth that cardio is the key to fitness when in fact it is only a component. The triad for weight control and fitness in order of importance is nutrition(diet), strength training and then cardio.
Thus endeth the lesson.