Strength Training for Fitness

The world of exercise can essentially be broken down into two categories: cardiovascular exercise and strength training.  And, while the benefits of healthy cardio are well documented, today we’re going to look at the importance of strength training and what it can mean to your overall fitness.

So first, what is strength training?  According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), “Strength training is the use of resistance (free weights, resistance bands or machines) in conjunction with body movements to increase the strength of muscles.”  Simply put, these are exercises that enhance muscle performance and overall physical fitness.

In the end, each athlete will choose a different training regimen.  From an almost endless list of strength training exercises, here are a few of the most popular:

  • Crunches
  • Squats
  • Bench press
  • Rowing machine
  • Bicep curls
  • Leg press
  • Free weights
  • Push-ups

Most importantly, what are the benefits of strength training?  According to the AOSSM, strength training can result in increased flexibility, improved sports performance and may aid in injury prevention.

Preventing “Overtraining”

There is no secret weapon for preventing a strength training injury.  There are, however, ways to improve your chances.  Of course, your first line of defense is to consult with a Sports Medicine Specialist before beginning any strength training program.

The Mayo Clinic also lists a few “Do’s and Don’ts of Proper Technique.”  Borrowing from the list, here are a few of their tips, along with our thoughts on the matter:

  • Do “lift an appropriate amount of weight.” Always train within your means.  Lifting too much is a surefire way to hurt yourself.
  • Do “use proper form.” Only perform movements you know you’re doing correctly.  Bad form can inevitably cause injury and work against your progress.
  • Don’t “skip your warm-up.” Never take warming up lightly.  As the Mayo Clinic explains, “cold muscles are more prone to injury than are warm muscles.”

Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon in Worcester

If you’re suffering from a training-related injury or would like more information about the Sports Medicine we offer, we encourage you to contact us today.  Our offices are located in Worcester, serving the surrounding areas.  Schedule your appointment today at (508) 363-6363.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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