The key to looking and feeling great is strength training!
ACT’s coaching focus is on Strength Training. This form of training, (also called resistance training) is exercising in such a way as to increase the strength of the body, which is mostly about building stronger muscles. This is achieved by exercising the muscles with resistance, and weight-lifting is the most effective way to build stronger muscles and a leaner body.
But isn’t weightlifting just for people who want to build gigantic muscles? NO! Most certainly not! Strength training isn’t really about lifting heavy weights at all (unless you want to do that).
It’s about getting stronger in the basic movements of the body.
Do you get on and off the toilet? Well, then you are squatting.
Do you pick up and put down your shopping bags? Great! That’s deadlifting!
Strength training is not just about looking great now. It’s also about moving well and being strong in your daily movements, especially as you age.
ACT Strength Training coaching programmes are individually designed, and can be made up of a variety of exercises, depending on the client’s goals and preferences.
Strength training programmes normally include a combination of:
- body-weight exercises,
- exercises using cables and resistance bands,
- movement using free weights like barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells, and
- the use of weight machines.
The benefits of strength training are:
- Helps build muscles in the right places, which is the way to a lean, athletic look.
- Supports weight- and fat-loss in conjunction with a sustainable eating programme.
- Helps increase metabolism.
- Increases stamina.
- Helps prevent & control chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, depression, obesity, arthritis & back pain
- Increases flexibility, mobility, balance and posture.
- Leads to an increased sense of well-being and self-esteem.
- Boosts self-confidence, body image and mood.
- Assists with better sleep and overcoming insomnia.
- Enhances performance of everyday, physical tasks.
- Prevents or slows osteoporosis and muscle-loss in older people.
- Decreases susceptibility to falls and injuries.
- May help in reducing cognitive decline experienced in aging.