The dreaded “C” word, cardiovascular exercise or cardio for short. This is often done as part of some resolution you’ve made around New Years to lose weight. Or punishment for that juicy hamburger you ate last night.Did you really need that extra serving of fries? Come on, you know that answer.
One of the most common excuses people make for not exercising is a lack of time. We’re busier today than ever before thanks to our occupational, our familial and our social obligations. Unfortunately, we’re also more inactive than ever before.
Tools for your resistance training program…the Peripheral Heart Action System. Don’t worry…if it sounds scary, it isn’t! This is simply another way that you can perform your resistance training and it’s a variation of circuit training (Circuit training adds in the “cardio” portion of your workout so you get more bang for your buck!!)
Free weights, body weight and resistance machines. What are the differences when strength training? Well free weights offer the most functionality of the three because you can perform many excercises and target all muscles, using them in various ways. Free weights also incorporates the smaller muscles that machines does not. This is because machines gives your body support and uniformity whereas free weights does not. Thus, you have to incorpoarte more of your smaller muscles to work with the free weights and perform your exercise. This can add more value to your workouts.
Ok…so you’ve finally broken down and realized the benefits of adding resistance training to your workout routine. Good for you!! You’ll increase bone density, increase tissue strength, increase metabolism, endurance, power and decrease body fat. Wow!! Sign me up! But the problem is, beginners aren’t really sure where to start. I mean c’mon…reps, sets, intensity, tempo, training variables…what’s it all mean?