One of my goals in writing these blog posts (and what got me started as a strength coach) is to help educate people on how to best take care of their bodies and maximize what they are capable of. It is important to me that my clients, athlete or general population, not only work hard and see results, but maybe more so that they learn more about their bodies and what makes it tick. The end result is hopefully someone who is self-motivated and educated to the point where I become the map rather than the driver. With that being said Part 1 of Why Resistance Train was sort of fluffy. It focused narrowly on the effect of resistance training on weight loss through increased metabolism and calorie output. Do not get me wrong on this, weight management is paramount to being healthy however part 2 is going to be a little heavier, as I want to delve into the many other reasons that everyone should consider resistance training. It’s about quality of life.
This is the first of a two part blog focused on the benefits of resistance (weight) training. Part 1 will focus on the fat burning properties of resistance training, while part two will cover a range of topics around mobility and disease prevention.
A common misconception among those starting on the journey of a fit and healthy lifestyle is that you only lift weights if you want to be a bodybuilder. Inevitably that leads them straight to the treadmill for hours on end. While this isn’t the worst thing in the world and there is known benefit to the cardiovascular system (heart health, oxygen uptake, etc.) to prolonged, light to moderate exertion on a treadmill, bike or walking, it is not the most efficient use of your exercise time.
Our ability to perform optimally and adapt optimally to a given training session varies day to day. Stress, sleep, nutrition, and recovery modalities all interact to determine our “readiness to train”.
In Part 1 of The ABC’s of Coaching, I explored the parallels between my time working as a kindergarten teach and my dream job that I now possess, working as a Strength and Conditioning coach. In this next installment I am going to elaborate on the unique learnings that I had teaching a room full of 4 and 5 year olds, which have proved invaluable in my transition to full-time strength coach and business owner. Let me preface this information by saying that I have worked with athletes from 9 to 30’s, amateur to professional, Big league All-star to fighting to make the team, and the approach is always the same, in that it isn’t!
In my previous life (after completing 5 years as a student athlete and before I thought you could actually be a performance coach as a career), I had a brief stint where I sought out the challenge to impart knowledge on a new generation of learners in a more traditional sense. I was an elementary school teacher. I completed a Bachelor of Primary Education, was certified by the Ontario College of Teachers and off I went to conquer Kindergarten. While my experience was much tamer than ‘the Arnolds’ was in the classic 90’s comedy Kindergarten Cop, it really illustrated the value of clear, concise and conscious communication.