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Why Strength Should Be Part Of Your Exercise Routine

May 14, 2018

This month, orgayana focus on how to live an ACTIVE life. We explore different activities within the 3 important legs of exercise: Cardio, Strength and Flexibility.Body Temple‘s awesome personal trainer and Strength Class instructor Aimee Sin, tells you why STRENGTH is so important in your training and how you start!

What is strength training?

Strength training is a form of workout that employs resistance to build muscle mass, muscle endurance, as well as muscle strength. Depending on your goals, the form of resistance used varies from body weight, resistance bands, free weights, or machines.

Why should I start strength training?

Whether your goal is to lose weight, tone up, or to get stronger, resistance training is a great program to help you reach those goals. For starters, the building of muscle mass lifts your basal metabolic rate. This means that you’ll be able to maintain your body weight more easily, or burn fat more effectively for weight loss – with a healthy diet, of course!

Another benefit of strength training is the slowing down or even reversing of the natural aging process: as we age, our bodies generally lose muscle mass and bone density, and resistance training helps strengthen and build bone mass, leading to improved postures and stronger bones! For people diagnosed with osteoporosis, building strong muscles also helps with coordination and balance which can prevent falls and osteoporosis-related injuries.

Outside of health benefits, strength training also helps boost self-esteem! Just like mastering a new skill, the progressive strengthening of one’s body brings with it a sense of accomplishment, and builds confidence as you understand the physical and mental potential in you. For many women, the combined physical, mental, and emotional benefits help build a strong foundation of confidence that empower them to do likewise in many other areas of their lives.

How do I start strength training?

With so many different forms of strength training, it can sometimes be both intimidating and overwhelming to take that first step!

If you are completely new to strength training, consider engaging a personal trainer. Crucial basics like posture is key not only to ensure you train the right muscles – but safely as well! As the adage goes, prevention is always better than cure: and bad form or posture may not only be harmful to your overall progress but can cause serious injuries as well!

Another great way is to join a strength class as a group environment may be more comfortable for some. From a safety standpoint, whilst this may not be ideal as you will not get the devoted attention of a personal trainer, one recommendation that I would give is to make known to the instructor prior to the start of a class that you are a beginner. This way, the instructor should pay more attention to you throughout the class.

As you progress in your strength training regimen, the next thing to consider is frequency and variety. For a start, it is recommended to engage in three sessions a week for progress to be consistent. Also, there are many ways you can vary your training: be it muscle group-focused, circuit style, full body, or high intensity. Keep in mind that balance is key: work all your muscles equally – not just those you’re familiar with. Be open to modifying your program according to how your body responds: after all, you know it best!

Full Body Strength Circuit

What you need: 2 x 4-5kg dumbbells

Level: Beginner – intermediate

Time: 45mins

#1

Dumbbell front squats

Push ups

Bent over rows

Walking lunges

 

Weighted sit ups (hold 1 dumbbell in front of chest)

15 reps each

3 rounds

#2

Sumo squats (holding dumbbells in between legs)

Standing bicep curls

Lying straight arm tricep extension

Russian twists

Tricep dips

15 reps each

3 rounds

Aimee Lin

Having lost an awesome 20 kilos in her teenage years, Aimee has first hand experience of the importance of a great exercise programme and the right meal choices. Aimee is passionate about maintaining a healthy body fat percentage and sharing her experience with her clients to help them learn how to make healthy, balanced food choices. Aimee’s training approach is to hit all body parts in 3-4 strength training sessions every week, as well as mixing it up with fun cardio group classes. Aimee is a FISAF certified trainer, is trained in corrective exercises for muscle imbalances, and is also CPR and AED certified.

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