BENEFITS OF RESISTANCE TRAINING
By: Liam Carmichael
Strength training is coordination against resistance, in the form of overcoming a force to create an adaptation in the human organism. Before taking part in resistance training, it is important to consider why we should perform this kind of training.
What are some of the benefits?
▪️Muscle Fiber Adaptation
One of the main reasons to perform resistance training is mechanical adaptation: Resistance training results in tissue breakdown, to which the organism adapts. Performing a movement with resistance causes actual physical breakdown within the muscles involved in performing that movement. The physical or mechanical adaptations that occur are improvements in the muscle’s cross-sectional characteristics, which can be increased in hypertrophy as well as movement efficiency – AKA GETTING JACKED.
Another reason to perform resistance training is to transition muscle fibres from being mostly aerobic, to being more anaerobic in characteristics of function. If it’s appropriate for an individual’s function, as they develop in training age and improve their performance over time, they can gain the capability to transition movements into a more anaerobic nature.
Resistance training has significant hormonal effects, particularly for beginners. With a beginner, any movement performed against resistance will provide a dose-response, resulting in some form of adaptation, be it biochemical, emotional, or physical. Amongst the possible adaptations are hormonal effects, which can result in increased recovery, vitality, and longevity.
Finally, resistance training improves coordination – first intra-muscle coordination, and then inter-muscle coordination. This leads to increased efficiency of movement.
If you aren’t already incorporating resistance training into your training, it’s time to start!