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What’s The Ultimate Resistance Training?

November 8th, 2016

img_5214-1Anyone who knows Kathleen knows she was born to run.

She has the build for it, the temperament for it and the passion for it. When she’s pounding the pavement or the treadmill, she’s utterly in her element.

But lately, you might have noticed that Kathleen has moved beyond her comfort zone — to the weight room floor, specifically, where she can be found working through a set of deadlifts.

At last check, she was lifting 165 pounds.

Her goal?

200.

It’s time to redefine resistance training. We’re not talking about the textbook definition here — exercising your muscles using an opposing force — though deadlifting certainly qualifies.

Simply put, in Kathleen’s case, “resistance training” refers to the exercise that you resist doing.

“Weights aren’t my thing.”

“I’m not a runner.”

“I’m not flexible enough to do yoga.”

“I don’t have the stamina to cycle.”

We could go on, but you get the picture. We all have at least one “I’m not/”I can’t”/I don’t” excuse in our arsenal. These convenient fallbacks keep us compartmentalized in our traditional workout silos.

Isn’t it enough that I’m exercising? You think.

Sorry to burst your bubble: No.

By human nature, we gravitate toward our strengths. But there are risks to doing so at the exclusion of all else.

For one, you’re in danger of becoming complacent. Complacency breeds boredom. And boredom makes you vulnerable to hitting an exercise plateau, which is certain buzzkill for any workout.

Another problem?

When you tax the same muscles again and again, you’re bound to succumb to overuse injuries.

The antidote is to flex and stretch underused muscle groups, bringing your body into balance. Like Kathleen, who resisted weight training for years, you’ll convert your weaknesses into strengths. And those strengths will serve you in your preferred exercise or sport.

So, what are you waiting for?

Check out our team training schedule, and pick a class you’d typically shy away from.

If you have the tightest quads on the block, reach for a foam roll and “get to stretching”.

Ask one of our trainers to demonstrate the proper form for deadlifting.

When you engage in this – the ultimate form of resistance training — you may discover that you are, in fact, a runner, a yogi, a weightlifter…

You fill in the blank.

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