Strength training can burn fat and calories, along with increase your lean muscles mass. It can even promote strong, healthy bones and significantly reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. These are just some of the benefits you can get from including strength training in your workouts, but there are a few other things you should know.
Most experienced trainers, myself included recommend adding strength training exercises to your workouts. Boxers and weightlifters will obviously benefit from having added strength, and since these exercises naturally boost metabolism it is a little easier to achieve and keep your body lean and toned. Best of all there are several ways you can include strength training so you don’t have to completely change your regular workout routine.
You can easily do strength training exercises at home or at the gym, but if you are just starting out I recommend that you do so under the guidance of a trained professional. As beneficial as strength training can be, it can also result in injuries that are usually preventable. As a trainer at a local gym I have witnessed this several times throughout my career.
These exercises can be performed with free weights, exercise machines, resistance tubing or even just by using your own body weight. To prevent strained or torn muscles you will want to spend 5 to 10 minutes warming up, before you start working out with weights. I recommend starting off at a weight level that will start to tire your muscles after 12 to 15 reps. You can always increase the amount of weight and number of repetitions as your strength improves, but starting off too heavy is one of the main causes of injuries. It is also just as important to use the proper lifting and resistance techniques, and this is why I always recommend at least starting off with an experienced trainer before you start trying to perform strength training exercises on your own.
If you add just 20 to 30 minutes of strength training a couple days a week to your regular workout plan you will start to notice a difference in stamina and the amount of weight you can move, even if you weren’t in shape when you first started the exercise plan. When strength training is combined with a good cardio workout you can improve your overall health and dramatically decrease your risk for certain health problems, and this is always a benefit.