Jan Blalock, Fitness Director & Certified Personal Trainer
The benefits of resistance training are many, whether you are a recreational exerciser or a professional athlete. Increased muscle strength, muscle mass, and power can improve sports performance as well as reduce risk for musculoskeletal injuries.
Because bone is a living tissue, it has the ability to adapt to physical stresses we place on it. Those who are active are likely to have greater bone density than sedentary individuals, and are therefore at reduced risk for osteoporosis, fracture, or other ailments related to bone deterioration. Bone will respond to many types of training programs, including high intensity activities such as jumping and running, but resistance training seems to provide the greatest increase in bone density.
As we age, we not only lose bone density, we lose muscle mass, which can result in loss of functionality and increase risk of falls and fractures. Resistance training can help maintain or improve functional ability, reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, and correct muscle imbalance. Correcting existing muscle imbalances through resistance training is important in reducing risk for muscle injury.
Reducing the incidence of injury by engaging in a resistance training program is as beneficial for the noncompetitive beginner as for the professional athlete. Once you have confirmed with your doctor any modifications you may need to make, work with one of our wonderful Certified Personal Trainers on a training program specifically for you!