Body Weight Training has become more popular than ever this year, among people of all ages. Incorporating intervals of high intensity exercises, like the classic push-ups and jumping jacks, between other weight lifting exercises can help you get the most from your workout in a short time. In addition, strength training, especially for those over 50, has been proven to help with mobility and keeping muscle tone as the body ages.
As with everything, make sure to leave ample time for recovery between high intensity strength training workouts. Overtraining can tax your central nervous system and cause muscle damage, mechanical tension, and metabolic stress. Whether lifting weights or interval training at high intensity, give yourself sufficient recovery time. We recommend training intervals once per week to improve body composition and endurance. To really up your conditioning, twice a week will do the trick.
If you aren’t sure where to start, check out one of our strength training classes: Weightlifting (Mondays, 5-6pm), Hard Core Body Pump (Tuesdays, 7-8pm), or Circuit Training (Wednesdays, 7-8pm). Or schedule a session with one of our qualified personal trainers. Whether you are preparing for a triathlon or just want to look good in a bathing suit, adding strength training mixed with high intensity intervals to your exercise regimen once or twice a week will get you results.