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Strength Training

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I must confess that ST is something I used to do when it was convenient. I focused more on cardio because that's where the calories are burned. While training for a marathon, it was important to get in all of my training runs, so the focus remained on cardio. Now that I am sidelined with a healing foot, I am unable to do any cardio, so I have no choice but to focus on strength training. I started with dumbbells for upper body ST and also did some crunches and modified push-ups. This was great, but I soon realized that my lower body was getting no exercise. I love the SP app for iPhone. I was able to look up exercises and view a demonstration and/or description of each on my phone while lying on the floor. I scrolled through the lower body exercises to find all of the ones that started with "lying" and did all of those this morning. I never would have thought to do any of these exercises if I hadn't been on SP or using their app. I hope to begin incorporating some short walks, maybe stationary biking, over the next few weeks, but until then, I will focus on strength training, keeping my muscles toned and strong.
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    I think a lot of people feel that way about ST. For me finding a ST class (Body Pump) has been key. I'm glad the SP app is working for you!
    2689 days ago
    Good for you! I love strength training. I think it does burn calories, and it helps you burn more calories in the future because muscles burn more calories than fat does.
    2690 days ago
    That's great! I think you are doing fantastic. And, I put my ST on the back burner, too. I know it is important, but it's more fun to work on speed, etc. emoticon
    2690 days ago
    Fun to try something new.
    2690 days ago
    ST builds muscle which in turn increases not only your strength but your bodies ability to burn more calories by increasing your metabolism. I see a Master Trainer once a month and have for a year now. Since then I've been strength training usually 2-3 times a week and I can now eat more calories and still maintain or lose weight.

    He goes over my calendar with me each month and makes sure that I'm not giving up training time for ST in favor of cardio so there's a good balance.

    Glad you're trying new things. I love the SP app and use it alot to log my minutes while at the gym.
    2690 days ago
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