Why Everyone Should Lift

28 November 2012

Health Benefits

Weight training will boost metabolism, decrease body fat, improves physique (for men and women), and develop a solid foundation of functional strength for daily activities. In addition strength training benefits aerobic activities (e.g. running), by increasing speed, power and endurance while simultaneously decreasing the risk of developing chronic conditions (e.g. osteoporosis, lower back pain, heart disease and diabetes).

Athletic Performance

Weightlifting isn’t just for men or body builders, its for everone, and contrary to popular belief won’t decrease cardiovascular performance (e.g. running, swimming). Done properly (especially when combined with high intensity interval cardio intervals) weightlifting can improve performance by developing speed, strength, power, coordination, agility, accuracy and balance through the execution of functional full-body movements.

Author: Taryn Haggerstone

Taryn is one of the lead coaches at Raincity Athletics. She regularly competes in both CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting (at Regional and National levels) when she's not blogging, or helping our RAthletes Find their Fit. Checkout her full bio for more.

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