From Cyclists to Golfers: Why Everyone Should Train for Strength
By Andy on June 19, 2018
Most of us have an awareness that no matter where we centre most of our athletic development — whether it be running, cycling, golfing, tennis, swimming, and so forth — cross training can improve our overall abilities.
What we may not have considered is that our fitness training should include a good strength workout every once in a while.
Especially in the beginning, the overt benefits of strength training are fairly obvious: in addition to a visibly stronger body, you will also enjoy greater joint mobility, increased sports performance and athletic development, reduced risk of injury, and other measurable outcomes. Because it also boosts neuromuscular efficiency, strength training is often credited with improving an athlete’s overall economy of movement.
Therefore, including strength training in our workout program is a smart move. It provides more than temporary benefits, however. There are over-arching considerations as well.
Strength training not only increases muscle mass: it also leads to stronger joints and denser bones. Denser bones, in turn, lower our risk of early-onset osteoporosis. While it’s not something that reasonably fit individuals consider, according to Harvard Health Publishing, osteoporosis should be a concern for all of us. Unfortunately, however, since it’s a disease that rarely affects men and women in the prime of life, it isn’t one that they give much thought.
Ironically, it is the choices we make during our twenties and thirties that often affect outcomes relating to osteoporosis.
We would do well, then, to throw some weight training and muscle exercises in with the rest of our workout program.
We Can Help
Here at Iconic Fitness, we hope to help you enjoy both the immediate and future benefits of training for strength.
If you would like to hear more about this, or if you have questions about any of our other services, please feel free to contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you.