There are numerous methods of strength training; the most common is the use of gravity or elastic/hydraulic forces to oppose muscle contraction. When done properly, strength training can provide significant benefits and improvements to overall health and wellbeing. Primarily, this includes increased bone, muscle, tendon and ligament strength and toughness, improved joint function, reduced injury, a temporary increase in metabolism, improved cardiac function, and elevated HDL (good) cholesterol.
It is common in training to gradually increase the force output of the muscle, by incremental increases of weight, elastic tension or other resistance. By using different equipment and exercises, specific muscle groups can be targeted.
Strength training is primarily an anaerobic activity, although some proponents have adapted it to provide the benefits of aerobic exercise through circuit training.
Strength training differs from bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman, which are sports rather than forms of exercise, although training for them is inherently interconnected with strength training.
Strength and conditioning is the development of athletic performance through prescribed personalised exercise training. It is specifically designed to improve an individual’s performance. Reebok personal trainers can help members who want to become faster, stronger and more flexible in the areas specific to their needs.
Strength and conditioning is about more than lifting weights - it encompasses the entire athletic development needed to improve physical performance. This includes methods such as speed agility training, plyometrics, and core stability - with strength training being just one piece of the jigsaw.
For more information contact the personal training department on 020 7970 2050 or visit them on the 3rd floor to the left of the fitness desk.