SAVANNAH STRENGTH TRAINING PLAN: HOW TO BUILD STRENGTH STEP BY STEP
Strength training is a key component of fitness, yet it is often underutilized by both athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike. We would like to do some myth-busting and provide guidance to build strength healthfully. Whether you are looking to improve your performance in a sport, lose weight, or simply get stronger and healthier, a little information is all you need to get started on your strength training journey.
Custom Fit Center Strength Training in Savannah, GA
The first step to any effective strength training plan is to find the right setting. This can be a challenge, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience with weightlifting. One of your goals should be feeling good along the way. For some of us there’s comfort in numbers, like a strength class. For others, training in your home gym or online is just the ticket to feeling confident in your efforts. Be inspired your own way.
Whatever your goals, you’ll want to account for the experiences your body is carrying around right now. Your health history, medications, previous injuries, activity history, all of these factor into making healthy choices for improving your strength. You know those disclaimers about consulting your doctor prior to starting a new exercise program? Good advice. But at the very least, work with a fitness instructor who evaluates your health history to help you avoid future injury or imbalances.
At CustomFit Center, we specialize in corrective exercise progressions to help you build the mobility and stability you need for your foundation prior to strength training. Your training should help you move with better quality, with better alignment, and with better muscle balance. Improving the quality of your movement will ensure that you respond better to lifting more and pushing harder.
Runners like to run, yogis like to flow, cyclists like to ride, lifters like to lift. It can be challenging to find the time and focus to add diversity to your training. Take the time to add strength training to your regime. You are certain to find that being stronger enhances your energy for, and enjoyment of, any and all of your other favorite activities.
Traditional strength training tools like freeweights and kettlebells are tried, true, and effective. We prefer them to sitting in a weight machine, as most of us need to get up and away from sitting all day at our desks and in our cars. More recent innovations for strengthening muscle like TRX suspension trainers and monster bands are also very effective and provide a lot of flexibility for convenient training in a variety of locations. Blending different tools and different heavy/medium/light intensity efforts will reduce boredom and deliver great muscle building.
Why strength training is important?
Building muscle is important for many reasons. It can help you burn more calories, improve your metabolism, and improve your energy level so you look and feel better. Lifting weights helps to maintain or even increase your bone density, which is especially important as we age. With strong bones and healthy joints supported by your strong muscles, you are enhancing your balance and reducing your risk of falls and injuries.
Fat loss is another common goal of strength training. When accompanied by good quality sleep and clean eating habits, you’ll burn more calories both during and after your workout when you carry more muscle. More muscle translates to a healthier body composition that improves cardiovascular health, blood sugar levels, hormone function, and inflammation levels. Strength training has also been shown to boost mental health by reducing anxiety and improving mood.
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