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Strength Training Basics

There are several exercises that provide stamina and flexibility to your body. One of the most effective exercises of them is the strength training exercise, which is actually the use of the resistance to muscular contraction in building the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles. There are several methods of strength training; however, the most commonly practiced method is the use of gravity or elastic/hydraulic forces to resist muscle contraction.

 
Effects Of Strength Training: Strength training is an important part of the entire exercise regime. Not only does it fasten your metabolism rate to make you slim-trim but it also increases your bone density, preventing you from ageing early due to disease like Osteoporosis. It helps you increase your flexibility levels, and also magically boosts up your energy levels. It also makes your joints and muscles stronger and active, preventing them to get stiff early.
Before You Begin Strength Training: As a part of strength training basics, you must know that it is almost mandatory to involve in a warm-up session before hitting the gym. It is also important to understand that one has to start off with light exercises and then gradually move towards the tougher ones. Also, make sure that the intensity of your practice should depend up on the ultimate goal that you want to achieve.
Three Types Of Strength Training
Weight and Resistance Training - The basic principle of weight or resistance training is to provide resistance to body at the initiating joint angle, as soon as the movement begins, when the muscle must trounce the inertia of the weight's mass. The resistance is created through gravity, using weight stacks, plates or dumbbells or by using elastic/hydraulic forces.
Resistance Training - It helps to develop the strength and size of skeletal muscles. It is a kind of exercise, in which each effort is performed against a particular opposing force generated by resistance. The resistance may be applied against being pushed, squeezed, bent or stretched. During the exercise if the body moves, it is said isotonic resistance training and if the body part holds against the applied force causing no net movement, it is isometric resistance training. Isometric exercise acts on a particular joint or muscle, while isotonic works on the muscle in the entire range of motion.
Integrated Training - The integrated training program is a complete strength training program. It strives to work upon all the vital as well as subsidiary components required for optimum result. The integrated strength training program includes flexibility training, core stabilization, balance training, reactive training, speed training, resistance training, nutrition and sports supplementation.
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