Let’s delve into what resistance training is, and why it’s so important for your body.

Let’s be honest, the term ‘resistance training’ sounds like something you do in a mucky gym with chalk on the floor and Rocky posters on the wall. 

Luckily, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Resistance training can be done anywhere and is for anyone. You can do resistance, or strength, training at home, outside or at a super-clean gym (like here at NUYU, Chester!). It’s the best way to get fit, stay fit and build a strong body.

Let’s start with a few examples of resistance training exercises

Resistance training means any form of exercise where you push or pull against resistance. The resistance could be your body weight, or it could be additional weight, such as a dumbbell, barbell or a heavy cat. 

Examples of resistance training exercises include:

  • Squats (body weight or with a weight)
  • Picking up a medicine ball (or massive bag of rice)
  • Push-ups 
  • Chin-ups at the park (we’ve all tried it)
  • Anything using resistance bands

Resistance training is also known as strength training or weight training. They’re all forms of exercise that use an opposing force to increase your muscle strength and size. Not to be confused the ‘The’ force, which is a Star Wars thing.

Why resistance training is good for you

Any form of exercise is great for your mental and physical health, but here are the top three reasons we love resistance training:

  •  It improves your muscle strength to make life easier.
    By building muscle you’re protecting your joints from injury and keeping your muscles flexed and ready for action. That means they can help prevent injuries from lifting heavy boxes, picking up your kids, gardening and generally doing the day-to-day ‘life’ stuff.

    Having good muscle strength isn’t just about looked ripped on Rhyl Beach, it’s about learning how to do every day functional movements to keep your body in good working order.

  •  It helps maintain flexibility and balance.
    When done correctly, resistance training builds a strong core and keeps your muscles supple and moving freely. That helps prevents falls and keeps you firmly on your feet (it can’t help with clumsiness though, sorry).

  •  It increases bone density and strength (this is really important as we get older).
    As you hit 35 years +, you’ll experience a natural bone loss. Resistance, or strength training, maintains your done density and reduces the risk of Osteoporosis, which is a condition where your bones develop holes that can lead to fractures. 

You won’t turn into a buffed Adonis overnight but when you weave resistance training into your regular training routine, you’ll start to see, and feel, incredible results.

As well as these benefits, the other obvious great side-effects will be better sleep, feeling more energetic and loving life that little bit more! Convinced yet?

How does it work at NUYU?

Here at NUYU, Chester, all your workouts are programmed around resistance training with a side helping of cardio to spice things up. In the gym we have free weights, kettlebells, slam balls, sandbags and loads more fun equipment to get you moving.   

We keep our workouts varied, so you’ll be working all your main muscle groups to build overall strength. 

The great thing about our small group training is that we can tailor the workouts to suit each individual. That means some of your group might be squatting with a 24kg dumbbells, some with a 10kg weights and some with body weight. Our experienced coaches tweak the weight, sets and reps to match your fitness goals.

Can you resist the NUYU clubhouse?

If you want to know more about training in the NUYU Clubhouse, or about how resistance training can help you achieve your goals, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

You can email us today at hello@nuyufitness.uk


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