In this series, I’ll set out 5 of the top benefits of weight training.
Before we dive in, I’ll start with a quick clarification of terms. Weight or resistance training is generally considered to be the use external resistance to add load to the body to achieve muscular benefits like strength. From now on, I’ll refer mainly to strength training which encompasses anything which puts a demand on the body causing it to generate higher levels of muscular force. This can cover assisted methods which serve to unload the bodyweight, bodyweight exercises or any type of external resistance like kettlebell, barbells and bands.
The benefits set out are aimed at those who are going from doing no or very little strength training to some focussed sessions a couple of times a week. That’s where you will reap the biggest rewards however some of them are still applicable to even the more experienced trainer. There are benefits to exercising shared among many different types such as the social aspects of community and making new friends as well as the physical benefits of it aiding with achieving and maintaining a healthy bodyweight. I’ll try to focus more on those that are unique or are particularly relevant to strength training.
This week I’ll introduce 5 supplements that have benefited my training and are worth considering. I have to preface this one by letting you know that supplements should only account for around 1-5% of your overall nutrition. That means that the amount of effort you spend researching, purchasing and implementing these into your diet should be quite insignificant so hopefully this article makes that part a little easier. Likewise, you shouldn’t be spending a lot of your hard earned money on supplements, this should be going towards your food shopping budget.
Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.