Strength & Conditioning
Strength training is the use of resistance to increase muscular contraction to build strength and anaerobic endurance. Strength training increases the strength of your muscles, maintains the integrity of your bones, and improves your balance, coordination, and mobility. In addition, strength training can help reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic diseases, including arthritis.
For athletes, strength training is imperative. It is important to have a trainer who understands the demands of your particular sports as well as any limitations or injuries that you may have. With both former collegiate and professional athletes on staff, Pro-Fit Deer Park has the trainer to fit your needs.
An individualized senior strength program by Pro-Fit will follow ACSM and AHA guidelines to safely improve your overall health. If you’re not physically active now, a strength program will help you make all physical activities easier and more enjoyable.
- Resistance training increases muscle strength by making your muscles work against a weight or force.
- Different forms of resistance training include free weights, weight machines, resistance bands and your own body weight.
- A beginner needs to train two or three times per week to gain the maximum benefit.
- Complete the Adult pre-exercise screening tool and consult with professionals, such as your doctor, exercise physiologist, physiotherapist or registered exercise professional, before you start a new fitness program.
- Rest each muscle group for at least 48 hours to maximize gains in strength and size.
- Varying your workouts can help you push past a training plateau.
Resistance training (also called strength training or weight training) is the use of resistance to muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles.
Resistance training is based on the principle that muscles of the body will work to overcome a resistance force when they are required to do so. When you do resistance training repeatedly and consistently, your muscles become stronger.
A well-rounded fitness program includes strength training to improve bone, joint function, bone density, muscle, tendon and ligament strength, as well as aerobic exercise to improve your heart and lung fitness, flexibility and balance exercises. The Australian physical activity and sedentary behavior guidelines recommend that adults do muscle strengthening activities on at least two days each week.
You should vary your progressive resistance training program every six to eight weeks to maintain improvement. Variables that can impact on your results include:
- Exercises undertaken
- Intensity (weights used)
- Frequency of sessions
- Rest between sets.