August 3 2017
Athlete, fitness professional and certified personal trainer Darien Hawkins, PES, NASM-CPT, offers tips on strength training for runners.
Here’s the question many of us are already asking ourselves:
It’s already March and you haven’t started your New Year’s resolution yet, so you’re feeling like you might have missed that window. Is it too late to start now? No!
Resistance training to build muscle is the most productive form of exercise because it takes the least amount of physical time in the gym, while still garnering the most amount of benefit for your body. Building muscle will strengthen your bones and improve your overall strength, increase your fitness endurance, boost your metabolism, help control body fat, improve posture (and your skin too!), slow the effects of aging and increase resistance to injury.
There are different types of weightlifting for achieving differing results. I recommend building up to heavier weights and ten or less reps at three to five sets. Right now, a lot of fitness classes are in the high-rep, low-weight category. Lifting lighter weights for a high number of repetitions builds muscle endurance, but not necessarily strength. And if you’re interested in increasing tone, it gives you very limited improvement, if any at all.
When you’re first starting out, it is more important to be sure that you have proper technique and movement rather than loading up the weights. Here are some beginner tips:
Amy Chisholm, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Author of “Six Months to Sexy Legs” and “Think Gorgeous Thoughts” on Trainerize.me – the first matchmaking service for clients and trainers.