There are four types of exercise – cardio, core strengthening, flexibility and weight training. Weight training is a common type of strength training where the goal is to develop increased strength and size of your skeletal muscles. This type of exercise usually involves lifting of weights. By using a weight against the force of gravity one may stimulate a concentric or eccentric contraction of the muscle to strengthen that muscle. These exercises are designed to increase physical strength.
In order to get maximum outcome one should:
- Employ proper technique
- Proper warm-up
- Proper breathing
- Carefully plan sets and reps
- Avoid injury by avoiding pain
The difference between free weights and weight machines:
- Free weights are non-constraining, may be used in various positions and require the use of stabilizer muscles
- Weight machines are restrictive, enforce better form and may prevent injury
Overall, the benefits of weight training include increased muscle mass, strength, endurance, bone formation and a whole host of metabolic benefits for overall health.
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