Muscular strength and endurance are two of the five components of physical fitness. Muscular strength is the ability of a muscle to exert force while muscular endurance is the muscle’s ability to perform for many repetitions without undue fatigue. It is important to understand the difference and how they are achieved so that when you and your trainer design a program you will achieve your desired result.
The American College of Sports Medicine has combined the two terms into an all-encompassing “muscular fitness” and it is considered an integral part of any fitness program. Resistance training has many benefits. Increased bone density which can aid in the prevention of osteoporosis. Muscle is metabolically active which raises your metabolism and helps control body weight. It strengthens not only the muscles themselves but the tendons and ligaments which is related to a lower risk of injury. Improves the ability to carry out activities of daily living which can relate to self-esteem. And, for some, it can aid in or improve athletic performance.
There are also some common misconceptions about strength training. Men and women often think that they will get bigger if they lift weights. This is not necessarily true. To achieve an increase in muscle size, known as hypertrophy, depends on how you train, the frequency of sessions, genetics and body type, and diet. Careful planning goes into designing a hypertrophy program and some can achieve it more easily than others.
Another comment trainers often hear is that people don’t need to do weight training if they want to lose weight, only aerobic exercise. This is false. As stated before, increasing your lean body mass can raise your metabolism so you burn more calories throughout the day. This can translate to weight loss.
Regardless of what your health, fitness, and athletic performance goals you need all 5 components: cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. A well-rounded program will help you exceed your goals and do so in a safe and effective manner. Check out the Mountainside Fitness website. They have programs for nutrition, weight loss, bodybuilding, and many more. Or if you want more privacy search for in-home personal trainers in your area that will come to you and put you through a workout in the privacy of your own home.