Pull-ups, push-ups and strength training are ways to maximize the caloric burn. The overwhelming benefit of strength training can be found in the way it protects the joints. It augments the performance of activities of daily movement. More importantly, strength training plays a critical role in the development of increasing lean muscle mass. Increased lean muscle mass represents caloric burn.
As the body’s biological clock matures, muscles tend to shrink. Inactivity accelerates the loss of muscle mass. Through strength training, the process can be slowed down. In elderly people up to 90 years of age, strength training has been recommended to support bone mass and muscle.
The best tools for building lean-muscle mass are free weights. The key to adding a free-weight program to an exercise regimen begins with using lower weights with a higher number of repetitions. With each improvement and succession, lift the amount of weight that tires the muscles within 12 repetitions. (If the repetitions are too easy, increase the weight. However, if it is too challenging to complete 12 repetitions, resort to a lighter weight).
There is overwhelming controversy regarding the various types of strength training programs. Many of the fitness programs and theories are geared for advanced athletes, and bodybuilders. Nevertheless, it is important to understand how the body works and how strength training impacts the body’s muscular anatomy. Being aware of the basic components of strength training may prevent injuries and ensure safe results.
For a fast and comprehensive study on strength training, find a certified trainer to learn the following: effective strength training techniques, the fundamentals of proper form, the basics of frequency and progression, and how to avoid injuries.