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The Benefits You Get From Strength Training and Resistance Training

Updated on April 26, 2014

Strength training and resistance training may have confused many people. Some people may think that both these exercises are one and the same thing. In fact, you may have made the same mistake as I have about these types of exercises. For many people who are not that enthusiastic about the different types of exercises, they may think that strength training and resistance training have the same meaning and therefore may have practiced them similarly. But, for information's sake, they are two different exercises with almost the same purpose but are done differently.


Resistance training and strength training are for healthy individuals who wish to improve their body’s endurance and shape. When going through these kinds of workout, do make sure to have enough rest for your body to recover fully for your next exercise program.

Strength training and resistance training both contribute to the building of muscles and improve the body’s overall endurance and body shape. Depending on your purpose, you can either build strong muscles or use them to help you lose weight.


Strength Training

Strength training are exercises where you’ll have to lift weights. They are sometimes called anaerobic exercises. Anaerobic exercises are exercises where you don’t need to move constantly during your training. They are usually performed by number of sets and repetitions. If you’re doing this exercise, you’ll need to rest in between sets. With strength training, you’ll be using exercise machines and equipments.

In weight lifting, you’ll build strong muscles if you use heavier weights with low repetitions. Advanced exercisers usually do isolation exercises to build stronger muscles. If your purpose is to lose weight, then you’ll need to lift lighter weights with high repetitions. Add aerobics routine to your workout to help maximize weight loss.


Resistance Training

Resistance training are basically exercises where you need to use cables, bands, and even your own body weight to add resistance to your exercise program. By adding resistance bands to your usual squats and lunges and other calisthenics exercises, you are making your workout more difficult by creating resistance. By doing push-ups and planks, you’re using your own body weight for resistance.

In resistance training, you’ll need to regularly change your cables and bands due to the wearing out of their elasticity. This way, you’ll be able to get the full benefit of the workout. If your purpose is to lose weight, add aerobics routine to your workout.


The Diet

Include calcium and protein in your diet. Protein helps in building muscles and calcium helps improve your bones and joints. Eating more fruits and vegetables help increase your stamina and promote weight loss.

Resistance training and strength training are best practiced when you’re healthy. They improve physical endurance and strength. With proper training, they help improve bone density and help increase your metabolism. However, these types of exercises should not be practiced everyday because you’d need adequate rest until your next workout. Adequate rest is needed for both types of exercises to be effective and therefore help improve your strength. For beginners, practicing them 2 to 3 times a week is the recommended frequency.


The Benefits of Strength Training and Resistance Training

When done right and done regularly, there are a number of benefits you can get from both types of exercises. Both strength training and resistance training can help develop stronger bones over time. It can help control weight gain and help boost your body's endurance.


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    • Prakash Dighe profile image

      Prakash Dighe 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas, USA

      Very useful information for someone like me. The benefits of working with these two types of weights is very well explained. I work out three times a week and I'm glad to note that's what you recommend. Thanks for sharing!

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      DabbleYou 4 years ago

      Hi Prakash Dighe, thank you so much for reading. I'm glad you've found this information helpful and hope that others will see it that way also. :)

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