Posted by Michael Evans

What is resistance training?

Resistance training is a type of strength/weight training that builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles. Resistance is used to create the muscular contractions needed to achieve such goals. The principle behind resistance training is: muscles naturally work to overcome a resistance force when required to do so. Therefore, muscles become stronger when exercised repeatedly and consistently.

How often should I exercise?

It is recommended for adults to engage in muscle strengthening activities at least two days each week.

How can I maximise my workout?

Don't stick to one routine! Mix up your workout. To maintain improvement, vary your progressive resistance training program every six to eight weeks. You can change the following variables:

- Sets
- Repetitions
- Exercises
- Intensity (weights used)
- Frequency of sessions
- Rest between sets

What resistance training should I do?

There are various types to choose from: free weights, weight machines, medicine balls, and resistance bands.

What are resistance bands?

They're like giant rubber bands – they provide resistance when stretched. Among the four resistance training tools mentioned above, bands are the most portable and lightweight. It's also widely used for physical therapy since it is relatively safer to use. You can recreate virtually any functional movement with bands; it can be easily adapted to most workouts.

 


For FREE band workouts, head to https://www.youtube.com/user/resistancebandsaus/videos

Read more on resistance training and its health benefits: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/resistance-training-health-benefits

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