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What One Thing Can Improve Everything?

What if I were to tell you that there was one kind of exercise that improved all others? That there was one thing you could work on that would help you lose weight, get stronger, move better, feel less pain, improve your flexibility and improve your mobility?

Well, there is!!

Strength training!

Yes, strength training can do all of that!

The mistake people make is that they think strength training has to look like this.

Well it doesn’t. It can look like this.

Or this.

Or this.

OK, maybe not this last one but she’s so cute!!!!

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that strength training can and should be adaptable to anyone, no matter what your condition or goals! In the strength training module of our Clearing the Confusion video series I talk about our Foundational Five exercises and how the value lies in the movement themselves, not the tools used to perform them. That may be a little confusing so let me give you an example.

Let’s take another look at some pictures I showed you above.

Now, it may look like these people are doing completely different things, but in reality they are doing the same thing! They’re just using different tools. Blaine, the guy on the right, is using a barbell and approximtely 950 pounds of weight. Katy, on the left, is using a kettlebell and approximately 18 pounds of weight.

Strength training should be challenging but that is relative. What is challenging to one person may not be to another and vice versa, but as long as what you are doing IS challenging you can get the same benefit from it!

What I’m trying to say is that strength training can help you! You may not think so, but here is the deal. If you can

  1. Stand up and sit down you can Squat

  2. Go up one stair you can do Step-ups

  3. Pick something up you can Deadlift

  4. Walk you can do Carries

These are only a few examples but I hope you can see what I’m saying. Anyone can do this and anyone can get all sorts of benefits from it. Here are some of them:

  1. Improved strength

  2. Improved body composition

  3. Improved bone density, which is incredibly important for women

  4. Improved mental state

  5. Improved posture

  6. Improved athletic performance

  7. Improved immune function

  8. Improved joint strength

  9. Improved joint function

  10. Improved mobility

  11. Improved range of motion

  12. Improved stability

  13. Improved flexibility

  14. Improved metabolism

  15. Improved nutritional partitioning

  16. Improved cardiovascular conditioning

  17. Improved daily life function

For all of these reasons we really emphasize resistance training at Castro Valley Fitness.

I hope I was able to help you figure a few things out. Let me know what you think!

Mitch Rothbardt, CPT, PN Level 2 Lean Eating Coach, FMS

Castro Valley Fitness 2861 Grove Way 510-755-9191

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