7 Strength Training Tips and Benefits
Because strength training has important benefits In-Shape has created go-to areas for our members. From our free weights, 360FIT Functional Areas to our Selectorized equipment for resistance training, you can always find something you actually like to do. Here are some pointers to get you started:
Use Your Body Weight
You can use your own weight to get in your strength training. Try adding push ups, pull-ups, crunches and leg squats to your weekly routine. Our 360FIT functional training area features equipment like kettlebells, medicine balls, resistance bands, dumbbells, TRX and more to get you going.
Hop on a Resistance Machine
Resistance machines give your body control of a wide range of motions, while isolating core muscle groups and making your strength and resistance training a breeze. Give it a try at any In-Shape.
Use Free Weights
It’s easy become stronger with free weights. Use barbells and dumbbells—they’re classic strength training tools that'll help you. Ask any trainer for proper technique.
Did you know strength training has a ton of health benefits, too? Well, it does, and here’s a breakdown of the most important ones:
It Helps Manage Your Weight
Strength training can help you manage or lose weight, and it can increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories. Pretty cool, huh?
It Helps You Develop Strong Bones
That’s right—by stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, too.
It Sharpens Your Thinking Skills
This benefit is a no brainer. Regular strength training and aerobic exercise helps improve thinking and learning skills for older adults.
It Helps Manage Chronic Conditions
What’s that mean? Well, strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease, depression and diabetes.