The Importance of Resistance Training

Resistance training is not the resistance to training. Resistance training is a form of exercise where the muscles in your body are trained to contract against an external force. Our muscles must adapt by contracting harder and more efficiently as the external load increases. You might of experienced something similar to this while attempting to run in a pool. The resistance of the water is much greater than the resistance on land. This is why Aquatics training has become so popular within the last few decades. However, instead of water you could many other forms of resistance such as free weights, machines, cables, bodyweight, or resistance tubing.

Humans lose about 5 pounds of muscle every year after the age of 30. Moderate resistance training can reverse effects of aging, and prevent falls. It’s never too late to start resistance training either. In one study of elderly men and women with an average age of 87 who engaged in resistance training three times per week for 10 weeks, strength increased a whopping 113%! The improvement in strength enabled the elderly participants to walk 12% faster than before the study, climb 28% more stairs, and it even caused the muscles in their thighs to increase by more than 2.5%.