Exercise is good but not all exercises are created equal. Some have been proven from research to give a more total effect on the body and resistance training is one such.
Over the last decades, with athletes and fitness enthusiast, resistance training has gained popularity in the fitness sphere for this holistic appeal to health and fitness.
Resistance training simply refers to exercises that cause the muscles to contract against an external resistance. In lay terms, making your muscles work against a weight or force.
They include strength training like weightlifting, snatches, dead lifts, etc. While they may involve the use of weights like kettle bells, plates, dumbbells, and the like, they do not necessarily require these. Bands can be used to generate the resistance that’s needed like when it’s used for squatting or doing plyometric exercises.
Body weight exercises may also be performed as resistance workouts. They are most effective in engaging the type 2 (that is, strength) muscles.
Strength training is a brand of resistance training, but it would be misleading to describe resistance training as strength training itself.
Some resistance training to try out this weekend regardless of your fitness goals, whether to build endurance, add mass, lose fat or simple tone your muscles include;
- Jump squats
- Planks (variants)
- Jumping jacks
- Kickbacks (variants)
- Sled Pulls
- Superman etc
The list is endless as far as the basic fact of ensuring your muscles are contracting against an external force is present.
Looking to start out with a functional home routine without weights, try out the resistance routines in this video. Break some sweat, it’s the weeeekend…..yay!!!