Weight training is something I am seriously passionate about and with very good reason. On a personal note it changed my life, physically, mentally and I have been lucky enough to actually develop a career as a result of my love for the iron. Just today I was quoted as a ‘’cardio basher’’ (albeit in a ‘’loving’’ tone, banter amongst friends and all that) because my belief in what resistance based exercise can help any individual achieve is so strong, maybe a little overwhelming on occasions. For sure, some of the comments I make are in jest but the fact remains – if you are searching for that little something from exercise to get into SHAPE (body composition) then throwing some weights around with the right application will win hands down, every day of the week.
The inspiration for this article came from a trend which I noticed developing in response to a recent photo of a certain lady, which clearly demonstrated lifting weights in favour of sitting on an exercise bike, had done WONDERS for her aesthetics. Said trend was that ‘’weight training’’ is becoming a more popular choice of exercise for the female population, and rightly so I might add. However, the term ‘’weight training’’ carries about as much ‘’specificity’’ as the word ‘’fit’’ – it is a very open term and one which doesn’t explain the whole story.
What I want you, the reader to realise is that there are more than several applications of resistance based training and that this will dramatically affect the kind of results you are likely to achieve. Let me give you two examples, chalk and cheese.
1 – Dorian Yates style high intensity training. Extremely intense, very low volume, fantastic for forcing adaptation for muscular hypertrophy. Fat loss will be a secondary goal when using this style of weight training.
2 – German Volume Composition training. Fast and furious, more volume and fantastic for optimising fat loss and a degree of hypertrophy.
Both are very popular and heavily subscribed forms of weight training yet their applications are worlds apart. This is the first point I wanted to make.
Moving on, with the realisation that not all weight training is equal I want you to consider your goals and aspirations. What is it you desire, what do you want to achieve with your body? This will dictate, almost exclusively (time constraints, past/present injuries, body composition, timescales being secondary factors) what type of training you adopt in the weights room. Remember, everything you do or don’t do has a consequence – reaching a specific goal will usually mean following a specific protocol.
Make sure your approach is specific, it will certainly tip the scales in your favour.