Training with weights (resistance training) is not something reserved for the hardcore bodybuilder or strength athlete. The benefits of resistance training extend to almost everyone, at almost all stages of adult life. The long list of benefits of this type of exercise includes, amongst many others:.

  • Decrease in body fat levels
  • Increase in fat free mass
  • Improved bone health & density
  • Increased strength, power & endurance
  • Better posture & less back pain
  • Increased metabolic rate (more calories burned)
  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved circulation
  • Increased balance & co-ordination
  • Stronger tendons & ligaments
  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased overall wellbeing
  • Increased joint stability

This list is not exhaustive, but you can easily see why this type of exercise can improve health, functionality & overall quality of life for anyone.

The basic process is the same for everyone

In order to see a real, tangible change in your appearance, we must either take steps to reduce body fat levels, increase the amount of lean tissue, or more commonly, a combination of the two. The precise degree we take it to with each individual will vary depending on the individual's goals, but the overall process we must go through is the same for everyone. It is, in essence, a 'bodybuilding process'. Currently, the industry trend is to avoid the term 'bodybuilding', but we feel if it is kept in context, it's a perfect description of what we are all doing.
Common misconceptions about weight training

Over the years working with athletes, clients, colleagues & friends we have noticed that many people are either confused, or have been grossly misinformed about weight training.

Frequently, we are told by female clients that they are afraid of becoming too muscular from training with weights, or male clients being not wanting to get 'too big', like a bodybuilder. The simple truth of the matter is that it really isn't that easy.

This fact is especially true for females, as their bodies do not produce the levels of testosterone required to build large amounts of muscle. It is possible however, to achieve a very feminine, athletic look that most women would be extremely happy with. A woman can train much harder with weights than they think without fear of becoming muscular. There may be a very slight increase in muscle tissue, but this is a good thing as muscle is metabolically active even at rest (always burning calories) so even a slight increase in lean tissue will result in a reduction of body fat over time.

As competing bodybuilders ourselves, we know that to achieve a high level of muscularity you need to take all elements of your training, diet & lifestyle to the extreme in order to get like that. Merely training with weights is not going to achieve that degree of muscularity on its own. A bodybuilder is the extreme end of the spectrum, and we know full well that this is not what most gym users are trying to achieve.