Strength Training

This is a type of physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles. Strength training is primarily an anaerobic activity, although some proponents have adapted it to provide the benefits of aerobic exercise through circuit training.

Sports where strength training is central are
  • Bodybuilding
  • Weightlifting
  • Powerlifting
  • Strongman
  • Highland games
  • Shotput
  • Discus throw
  • Javelin throw
Many other sports use strength training as part of their training regimen

  • Track and field
  • Rowing
  • Basketball
  • Pole dancing
  • Professional wrestling
  • Rugby union
  • Rugby league
  • American football
  • wrestling
  • soccer
  • Hockey

Benefits of Strength Training

When properly performed, strength training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in

  • Improved lipoprotein lipid profiles, including elevated HDL (“good”) cholesterol.Training commonly uses the technique of progressively increasing the force output of the muscle through incremental weight increases and uses a variety of exercises and types of equipment to target specific muscle groups.