Do I Need Strength Training?

A question I get more often than any other in speaking with people who are ready to start a fitness program is this:

“Do I need to do strength training?”

I like getting this question.

“Weightlifting is dangerous, and I don’t want to get injured,” they say.

Lifting weights with personal coaching from an experienced, qualified trainer isn’t dangerous and doesn’t get you injured. Being weak is dangerous and gets you injured.

“I don’t want to get bulky.”

Adding lean mass is by far the most difficult training goal to achieve. Even if you’re TRYING to get bulky from weightlifting, it’s hard. Not exercising enough and eating too much? Now, that’ll make you bulky.

“I just want to lose weight … I don’t need to get strong.”

Resistance training at least 1-2 times a week is one of the first things we recommend to clients who want to lose weight and fat. Why? Because it’s scientifically proven to work. Also, because relative strength is one of the most important indicators of health and longevity as we age.

Don’t get kidnapped by the Cardio Caravan that’s making endless, pointless loops around most gyms. Instead, seek out a trainer and program all that offers a safe, well-designed strength & conditioning program. You’ll be happier and healthier as a result.

Dustin Pelate

Owner, Maryville Fitness

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