The Benefits Of Resistance Training
Resistance training is used by just about all sportsmen and women these days. No matter what sport they do, strengthening their muscles is almost always going to help them avoid injuries and perform better in their chosen sport.
It also has a big effect on fat burning, and that is why so many weight loss programs now include this type of exercise.
In fact, people of all weights, sizes and ages are now seeing the benefits of a little resistance training.
In most cases, the resistance used is from weights or machines. However, when you are just starting, your body weight is often enough, or you can use home made 'weights' such as small bottles of water.
For the beginner it is important to start with minimal stress on the muscles. This is especially true if you do not have an active lifestyle and have not used some of these muscles for a long time.
They will strengthen up, but they may have a long ways to go. To protect them from injury when they are still small and weak, you need to apply just a little resistance and let them develop at their own pace.
Usually, a beginner will see some fast progress at the beginning, and then they may hit a plateau where nothing seems to be changing.
Be careful not to ramp up the weights at this stage. It is usually better to keep doing what you were doing until you start to see results again.
The body is probably just taking some time to adjust to the changes.
Think of it like raising a puppy or kitten. It does not grow from a tiny little creature to a strong, bounding animal in a couple of days, or even a couple of weeks. It takes a while, but it will get there if you have patience.
Resistance training can help your body to become stronger and fitter. But more importantly, it is one of the best ways to reduce body fat. And that goes for both visible and invisible body fat.
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