Increase or Maintain Lean Body Mass

Strength training places tension on the muscles that stimulates the laying down of more myofibrils thus increasing the size of muscle fibers. 

Faster Fat burning and a Leaner Physique 

Once you’re metabolic rate increases in or replacement of, lean muscle tissue, your daily energy expenditure (calories or kilo joules) will also increase due to your higher metabolic rate.

More muscle means more fat burnt

Muscle is small, lean and hard!! Fat is soft, lumpy and twice as big as muscle at the same weight!! If you want to burn fat faster and have a lean, tight body... You MUST lift weights !!!

Increased bone mineral density

Strength training places tension and stress on the bones of the body by weight bearing exercises that are directly placed on the bones via muscular tension from where the muscle begins and ends.

Increased Functional Strength 

It is the co-ordination of muscles that are responsible for the performance of functional everyday activities such as walking up and down stairs, lifting, sitting, playing with your kids and all other everyday activities.

Increased Power and Sporting Performance 

As the strength of a muscle increases, its capacity to exert power is enhanced, a stronger more powerful muscle will use less effort to do the same task or it will be capable of doing the same task faster and harder !!

Increase Joint Strength and Stability 

It is the skeletal muscles that hold the skeleton together at its joints. If the muscles are strengthened in a functional manner, then the stability of joints will be greatly enhanced thus decreasing the chance of injury and arthritis !!

Increased Vitality and Quality of Life 

Muscles play a major role in all of our daily activities such as running, walking, playing sport and recreational activities – all the things that give quality to our lives, put smiles on our happy faces. 

Increased Metabolic Rate

Your metabolic rate will slow down with age because you are losing muscle tissue BUT only if you don’t strength train!! People who DON’T strength train will lose muscle tissue, move less and have a metabolism that slows down by as much as 2% per decade (10 years), some people who are very inactive, as much as 0.5% per year!! Every 0.5kg of muscle you can maintain, or put on (for men) burns an extra 50-100 calories or 200-2000 kilo joules per day, thus increasing your metabolic rate.

Improve Posture

It is the muscles of the body that hold and stabilize the bones and joints of the skeleton. This means a body that is more efficient at everyday tasks will perform better and the stresses on the body will be reduced.

Decrease Your Chances of Osteoporosis and Increase Your Bone Mineral Density 

1 in 3 women and 1 in 8 men will suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that causes the bone to degenerate and breakdown. Heavy strength training has been shown to slow down bone degeneration and replace bone mineral density !!

Weight bearing and cardiovascular exercise 

Will slow down the degeneration of bone but it will not stop or reverse the degeneration of bone !!

Decrease the Risk of Injury

If joints of the body are supported by the functional control of your muscles, the risk of potential injury from internal and external forces will be significantly reduced. Strong muscles protect your body from injury! After injury, strong muscles recover quicker !

Quicker Rehabilitation from Injury

The more functional strength around a joint, the less stress the joint experiences during recovery from an injury, therefore decreasing rehabilitation time. 

Decrease Risk of Arthritis 

Now that we know strength training enhances the functional control of the body’s joints and therefore decreases the daily stress through those joints, there is a less likelihood of degeneration of the joints.

Strength train to reduce the risk of arthritis! Strength train if you have arthritis to help reduce the pain 

Decrease Blood Pressure

Current research has shown that strength training will significantly reduce blood pressure reducing the chances of coronary heart disease. If the muscles are functionally stronger, there is less stress placed on the cardio vascular system whilst performing all activities. 

Strong muscles 

Require less effort to perform daily activities. Less effort means less effort on your heart = lower blood pressure.

Decrease the risk of Type II Diabetes 

Help with its symptoms. Because strength training promotes the increase of lean muscle mass, the uptake of blood sugars into the muscle cell will also be increased therefore reducing the incidence of diabetes. Type II diabetes is directly related to fatness – lose weight and there is very little chance of late onset diabetes !!