Everyone has their own reasons why they derive joy from one form of exercise and not another. Fifty years is a long time to be doing anything, so let’s look at a few of my reasons, shall we?
It’s important to address these components of fitness in one’s training routine:
1. Strength movements
2. Aerobic conditioning
3. Movements challenging balance and coordination
4. Range of motion and flexibility movements
Achieving these goals, for me, involves a combination of weight training, treadmill/stairclimber time (always with fast/slow intervals), and dedicated stretching time (after main workout).
The Utility of Weights
While I incorporate bodyweight movements in my workouts—and certainly they can be, by themselves, an incredible routine—here are my reasons for preferring iron plates and dumbbells:
1. Total control of weight/movement
2. Ability to train specific areas effectively with varying degrees of resistance and range of motion.
Here are the real world benefits of the points above…
Being able to begin a fitness program using very minimal resistance and very basic moves is important. I love the functionality of the chin up, and use them instead of curls for my biceps routine–but most people aren’t capable of lifting their own body weight. This point is critically important to the population of senior citizens who desperately need resistance training to have hope for battling osteoporosis.
There is no better way to strengthen bones than consistent progressive resistance training!
Beyond the beginning stages, strength training with equipment becomes what one wants to make of it. With compound movements such as squats, and minimal rest time between sets, a challenging aerobic workout can be accomplished.
This ability to train safely and with such incredible variability of movement, resistance, and range makes weightlifting my favorite for strength training!
To Your Health and Fitness,