The Benefits of Weight Training

Weight Training has been recently known to be a great individual sport but it wasn’t always this popular, ever since Weight Training or Weight Lifting made its way into the mainstream, a great amount of people had their doubts and considered it to be a “dangerous” sport. As the years went by and science progressed it was proven that the benefits of weight training are unmatched, weight training is so good that athletes from different sorts of backgrounds have joined the movement to improve their overall physique and performance.

Weight loss

One of the main recommendations by sports nutritionists and doctors to people who have weight and health issues is to perform cardiovascularly and strength training on a daily basis. Cardiovascular training is great for burning calories and working up a sweat, weight training, on the other hand, burns both calories and fat while building muscle, the body will then transform into an anabolic state. As the body stays in an anabolic state it will naturally use fat sources as energy, weight training is also great for building resistance and increasing overall cardiovascular performance.

Muscle building

The main reason weight training has made its way into the mainstream is because it’s the only sport that allows the human body to gain muscle and burn fat at the same time. Weight training puts the body’s muscle fiber under great amounts of stress and makes them grow bigger and stronger. Weight Training allows the body to overdevelop in areas such as conditioning, resistance, speed, size, explosiveness and raw power.

Bodybuilder performing dumbbell rows

Strength and cardiovascular conditioning

As it was mentioned briefly, weight training is a great way to increase both strength and cardiovascular conditioning. Anyone that trains to failure and progressively overloads their body with heavy and intense training will be bound to see constant strength gains, the same thing goes for cardiovascular training, most people prefer sticking to the treadmill but in all reality an intense and hardcore training session with weights will burn more calories and will increase the body’s heart rate at a faster pace.

Improved diet and lifestyle

A lot of serious athletes that use weight training as a form to better their physiques and overall competitive performance argue that weight training is not a sport, it’s a lifestyle. Weight training can improve anyone’s lifestyle in different ways, Bodybuilder’s who weight train for a living eat thousands of calories a day and remain lean, their sleeping patterns are perfect and their overall drive and determination at the gym translates into their regular daily activities, weight training is more than a sport, it’s a discipline that everyone has to perform to better their health and lifestyle in general.

You man performing barbell curls

Weight Training has recently made waves in the mainstream part of society, some “experts” still argue that it isn’t what it’s made out to be while in all reality the benefits that it provides are unmatched and more importantly unreached by any other sport. Weight Training has been around since the early 1900’s, people like Larry Scott, Sergio Oliva, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Frank Zane and other popular Bodybuilders proved that weight training is and always will be the only sport that is able to drastically transform the human body.