Strength Training Exercises

The Many Benefits of Strength Training

There are many reasons why you should undertake strength training.  As part of a health and fitness routine, strength training will help reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and help you burn more calories.

Strength training with weights has been around for a long time, from the ancient Roman and Greek gladiators, the military, the Olympics right up to the health clubs and gyms of the present.  Still it is one of the most effective forms of training that can be used to improve your health and physical performance.

Elite athletes such as Olympians, football players, strength athletes, actors and actresses today are big proponents of using strength training to help improve their performance.  Older people, inactive people, sick people are often prescribed strength training programs by their health professional to improve their health and quality of life.

The best functional strength training exercises are the ones involving free weights and use engage the large groups of muscles such as the squat, leg press, deadlift, power clean and bench press.

Leg Press

Barbell

The leg press is an exercise that trains your legs with the help of a machine.  The leg press does not recruit muscle fibres as efficiently as the squat, but it is the next best thing in helping you to train your legs......Read More

Standing Dumbbell Calf Raise

Dumbbells

This is a great exercise do develop strength and muscle mass behind lower leg below the knee.  If you are going to train your thighs and hamstrings, then to balance out your leg training, it is important to train the calf muscles......Read More

Flat Barbell Bench Press

Barbell

The flat barbell bench press is an exercise that everyone that goes to the gym is familiar with.  Guys always ask each other how much they can bench.  Most guys that go to a gym do the flat barbell bench press......Read More

Lat Pulldown

Dumbbells

The Lat Pulldown is a fantastic exercise for training the muscles of the back.  One of the great things about this exercise is the change in appearance it can bring about.  It helps make the upper back and shoulders appear wider and your waist appear smaller.......Read More

Seated Barbell Shoulder Press

Barbell

The Seated Barbell Shoulder press is a great exercise for developing size and strength in the shoulder area.  The shoulder joint and muscle is a small body part that is involved in performing all strength exercise for the upper body......Read More

Barbell Curl with a W/Ez Bar

Dumbbells

The Barbell Curl with the W or Ez Bar is a great exercise to help build size and strength in the biceps.  Having bigger and stronger biceps will assist in performing pull ups, lifting more weight in the Deadlift and give you increased strength in any activity and sport that requires a pulling motion......Read More

Incline Barbell Bench Press

Barbell

The Incline Barbell Bench Press is similar to the Flat Barbell Bench Press, the difference between the two exercises lies in the angle of the bench.  This is a great exercise to improve strength and increase muscle mass in the in the upper chest area......Read More

One Arm Dumbbell Row

Dumbbells

The One Arm Dumbbell Row is a great exercise for developing strength and muscle mass in the back, shoulders and biceps.  This exercise is also great for improving and correcting your posture and muscle imbalances......Read More

Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press

Barbell

The Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press is a great alternative to the Seated Barbell Shoulder Press.  Like the barbell counterpart, the seated dumbbell shoulder press is a great exercise for developing size and strength in the shoulder area......Read More

Barbell Squat

Dumbbells

The squat is a movement that is as old as the human race itself.  We do it without thinking about it when we bend down to pick something up, or play a sport.  It is a versatile exercise that can be done with your bodyweight, dumbbells, kettlebells and a barbell......Read More

Deadlift

Barbell

What the squat does for the lower body the deadlift will do for the upper body.  People call the deadlift the king of upper body exercises.  The great thing about deadlift is that it is a functional strength exercises that represents how real world movements are carried out......Read More

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