Why You Shouldn’t Abandon Traditional Strength Training Methods
By Dr. Nina Cherie Franklin - via www.NinaCheriePhD.com
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These days, many gyms are going away with traditional strength training machines and sometimes even free weights opting instead for trendier fitness techniques like high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata boot camp workouts. While such exercise methods can substantially improve muscular endurance, boost metabolism, and enhance fat burning for weight loss, progressive strength (resistance) training with machines and free weights remains at the core of a well-rounded fitness program that’s both safe and sustainable.
In recent years, I’ve found myself in heated battles with other exercise enthusiasts and fitness professionals many of whom are adamant about the uselessness of strength training machines and other traditional resistance training methods in this day in age. Still, the ways in which I promote exercise remain the same and people who follow my methods continue to experience long-term success.
If you’re new to resistance training or have limited strength or mobility due to injury, disability or age, strength training machines are a godsend because they guide your body through desired ranges of motion and don’t require much coordination. Since machines are specifically designed to isolate individual muscle groups, they are also great if you’re an experienced exerciser who’s looking to develop strength and build muscle. Machines are most effective when used in conjunction with traditional free weights, as they can greatly enhance balance, coordination, and muscle size.
Now, it’s important to understand that you’ll experience significant benefits with resistance training regardless of the method you select, so long as you … Read the entire article here: http://goo.gl/zxZ1bz