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The compound benefits of strength training

There is a long list of positive benefits that result from proper strength training. One of the benefits is that it enables you to engage in other activities longer and more often than had you not strength trained. This benefit enables you to enjoy life more. One client reported that she was able to play with her grandchildren for three hours crawling around on the floor. Before she strength training she could not last that long.

Engaging in activities longer and more often can compound the benefits derived from strength training - kind of like compound interest. Examples:

Before strength training Marcus played golfed nine holes of golf every other day. He could not play on successive days as he was too drained of energy. He began strength training once a week. A year later he was play 18 holes of golf and then 18 holes the next day.

More results in eight weeks than I had in three years.

Number sixteen in a series about what clients have to say about their workouts.

Barbi was an avid runner. She began strength training eight weeks ago. Barbi had this to say, “I have had more results in eight weeks than in three years working out with another trainer”.

With strength training in order to produce a change the body has to perform more work than it is used to handling. Then, given adequate time to recover and adequate nutrition, the body adapts as a form of self-protection by becoming stronger.


More exercise is not always better – a personal experience

The positive adaptation as a result of aerobic activity is primarily a bio-chemical change - the body up-regulates its ability to burn sugar for an extended time. The recovery period is short - hence running can be done with greater frequency. The positive adaptation resulting from strength training involves a structural change - the rebuilding of muscle. For most that involves several days to be fully recovered. Think how long it takes an injury to totally heal. Some go back to the gym before being fully recovered and as a result make minimal progress. Some repeat this mistake for years. I was one of them.

Many years ago when I first started strength training I followed the conventional wisdom that stated that you had to give yourself a day off between strength training sessions to let your body recover and become stronger.

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