Below are some key notes about resistance training that you should take into account while working out and training to become a better athlete:
- First and foremost, Resistance Training is any exercise that causes the muscles to contract against an external resistance in order to increase strength, tone, or build endurance. A good example is using exercise tubing to perform bicep curls. Sound familiar? We’ve done these in class!
- Using free weights, like dumbbells, for resistance training can help build coordination. It takes effort and skill to control dumbbells and keep them in the proper range of motion. Always be checking on your form!
- Bodyweight exercises are great for building muscle and toning the entire body. What’s so great about bodyweight exercises is that you can do them almost anywhere! If you’re studying for a big test but need a short break, perform a few sets of push ups or squats! Exercise is beneficial for the mind too, and can help relieve stress.
- Resistance training can aid in making an athlete more flexible. This results in decreased muscle pulls and an increase in happier athletes!
- Your metabolism will be boosted. Thanks to resistance training, you will burn calories while at rest and gain muscle while losing fat. Win win.
- Your posture will be perfection. Stronger muscles help train the body to sit up and stand up straight and more comfortably. This means your balance and core stability will be majorly improved!
- Remember to recover! Depending on the volume and intensity of your workout, your body usually needs to rest 48 hours before overloading the same muscle group. Resistance training can be very tiring, especially for beginners, so it is important to rest your muscles after a tough workout. You deserve it!