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What is Weight Training?

As the name suggests, weight training is simply "exercising with weights". It is often referred to as strength training or resistance training. It includes exercises that lift your own body weight, such as push-ups or chin-ups. The aim of weight-training is to raise strength levels in order to improve general physical fitness. Don't confuse weight-training with weight-lifting, or bodybuilding.

Types of Weight Training

Isotonic
A type of resistance training where the resistance does not change throughout the range of motion. Most gym weight-machines are isotonic, as are freeweights. For example, a dumbbell provides the same resistance throughout the motion of a biceps curl.

Isometric
This type of weight or strength-training exercises are a type of exercise in which a force is applied to a resistant object, (as in, say, arm wrestling) causing muscle contractions during which the length of the muscle doesn't alter. Although there is a build up of tension in the muscles there is no actual movement. Isometric exercises are included in fitness programs for muscle strengthening.

Weight Training Exercises

In addition to lifting weights or using gym apparatus, weight-training may also include exercises which involve lifting the body against the resistance of gravity. Examples of such exercises include: squat-thrusts, chin-ups, push-ups, ab-crunches and so on. Weight training simply means adding resistance/load to the muscles natural movements, to make them work harder and thus grow stronger.

Advice About the Best Weight Training Program

Fitness Goals
First, decide on your fitness goals. For example: Do you simply want better muscle-tone and better cardiovascular fitness? Or is muscle-strength or muscle-endurance more important? Or do you wish to strengthen specific muscles or muscle-groups? And so on.

Improved Muscle Tone
If you want to improve muscle tone and cardiovascular performance, try circuit-training. This involves performing a wide variety of very short exercises to benefit all-round body strength, and muscle-tone.

Improved Muscle Strength
On the other hand, if you want to increase muscle strength, design your weight-training workout around a smaller variety of gym weight-machines that target the main muscle groups. Alternate this with strength-building cardio routines, like cycling, stepping and elliptical training.

Personal Weight Training Program
For a personalised weight-training program that offers the best possible fitness results, consult a professional, like a certified fitness trainer, or a strength and conditioning coach at your local gym.

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