Do You Want a Stronger, Leaner Body?
Posted by Adelaide
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When it comes to fitness there is still an imbalance of women using free weights and barbells to get the body and/or the health benefits they want. Strength training is key. So here’s an excerpt from a great article by Katie Booth explaining why. Published in the Huffington Post.
Compound Exercises: Get Stronger and Leaner.
Posted: 13/01/2016 11:08 GMT Updated: 13/01/2016 11:59 GMT,
Adelaide Brooks is a Certified Personal Trainer with a Degree in Sports and Exercise Science and a Masters in Psychology. She has over 15 years experience as a health trainer in the medical and fitness industry.
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'If you want to really change and reshape your body, strength training is the way to go. By building muscle and losing fat you can build and sculpt a healthy, lean and strong body - but with so many exercises and programmes out there, it can be confusing to know what exercises will give you the most bang for your buck.
Introducing your new best friend - compound exercises. These are moves which work multiple muscle groups and joints using free weights. These exercises work one major muscle group supported by smaller, supporting muscles and joints, which means you activate more muscular stimulation and nervous system action. Ultimately this results in increased muscle mass and strength, which not only makes you strong, but lets you sculpt a lean, toned body by increasing the amount of fat-burning muscle in your body.'
'The use of free weights (rather than machines) also forces your body to use its stabilising muscles, which builds a super strong (and toned!) core far more effectively than doing 100 crunches a day. They should be used to target specific weak spots to support your compound lifts, but should not be the basis for your entire workout.'
'Examples of compound exercises are the squat, deadlift, bench press, pull up and shoulder press. These are the exercises that will challenge you, make you sweat but if you really want to change your body shape and get stronger, this is by far the most efficient and effective way. Would you rather spend hours and hours in the gym every day doing tricep extensions and crunches, or spend a tough 45 minutes working your entire body?'
Link to the full article --