Strength Training by definition is the process of getting stronger using a specific set of exercises that cause the body to adapt to gradually increasing loads.
Fitness can be broken down into 10 components, namely strength, speed, power, mobility, stamina, endurance, balance, agility, coordination and accuracy. Now if strength is just one of these 10 components, why is it so important? What makes strength so unique and essential is that all the other components of fitness are dependent on it.
Also, from a training perspective strength training has no equal in its ability to radically improve fitness. Whether your goal is to drop body fat, gain muscle, increase your athletic performance, or simply improve your overall fitness, strength training is the key to success.
When it comes to fat loss, most people unfortunately still gravitate towards “cardio”. Although long bouts of cardio do burn calories, they also burn muscle, producing the body composition often referred to as “skinny fat”. Strength Training on the other hand, boosts your metabolism, builds muscle mass, and produces an after-burn effect that can have you burning calories for up to 38 hours post workout.
For those trying to gain muscle, an increase in strength allows you to lift heavier loads at a given rep range, thereby increasing the effectiveness of your workouts. It is also incredibly difficult to put on muscle mass without a strong Squat, Deadlift and Press.
In addition to making you stronger, leaner and more muscular, strength training also has a multitude of benefits including increased energy levels, improved mood, and better sleep. It also decreases your likelihood of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and anxiety.
Fit Squad offers both one-on-one coaching as well as group strength training classes in Toronto. All our programs include targeted workouts, individualized nutrition, progress monitoring and access to our online training platform.
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