Whether you’re an up an coming teenage athlete, an office worker in your 20’s, a 65 year old retired lawyer or an elite athlete in any sport, strength training will benefit you. No matter what your goals are, it’s never too late to start.

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Strength training has a number of benefits, the main ones most people think of are losing weight and toning your body. However, there are many other advantages of strength such as reducing the symptoms of arthritis, increasing bone density particular for women and sports specific strength training to improve performance.

For beginners, it's vital to check if you have any medical conditions that may inhibit certain exercises and previous injuries have to be taken into account. Sometimes, before attending a Strength Training session, it may be necessary to provide a doctors or specialists referral letter, even for athletes following a major injury or surgery.

Strength training is the use of weight (resistance) with particular movement patterns. The use of weight is controlled and is specific to every individual. Technique is of the upmost importance and every training goal dictates the number of sets and repetitions, tempo and rest time as well as the precise order of exercises carried out.

Strength Training in this decade is a new dimension. What most people don’t realise is that training methods are extremely scientific and have numerous variables that all focus on one purpose, the end result! The perception of strength training is rather old fashioned that the use of weights will make you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger! When in fact, if carried out correctly, can produce whatever results you require.

For instance, should you wish to run a marathon, weight training can help you sustain maximal strength for the 26 mile run and reduce the risk of injury during the run, as well as aid recovery. If weight loss is the goal, a precise programme can help you drop 2 dress sizes and even though you may retain the same weight on the scales! The science dictates, the more muscle tone, the more increase in metabolism, combined with a healthy diet can lead to weight loss.

Heather Pearson treating a patient's shoulder in a gym

For athletes, whether elite, semi-professional or amateur, improving speed, a powerful throw, a sweep kick or a vertical jump can all be acquired with a specific training programme.

All programmes are catered for on an individual basis and the one mandatory element that must be carried out after every session is the one thing that most people don’t want to do…. stretch! Stretching is an important factor in any training programme as inflexibility can increase the risk of injury and it can restrict proper range of motion through certain exercises.

A major advantage to training individuals at 1body4life is the use of ART® (Active Release techniques) within a training session. ART® instantly releases nerves with fascia (connective tissue) so can produce a significant increase in range of motion in a very short period of time. With this in mind when ART® is used within a session, the more symmetry and range of movement within joints, the more you benefit from a particular exercise. As world renowned Strength Coach Charles Poliquin says, ‘you only gain in the posture you train’.