The term ‘strength and conditioning’ training can be enough to make any cardio bunny or running fans a little fearful… but a majority of that that comes from not knowing what the term actual means.

The short and sweet definition of this is; exercises that uses resistance to strengthen and condition the musculoskeletal system, improving muscle tone and endurance. Strength building will lead to increased mental and physical stamina to better endure the stresses of daily living in this modern world of constant pressure to be on the go continually.

Will you end up looking like something out of a steroid lovin body building magazine? No. What about injuries reminiscence of your crossfit days? Nope. In fact, a strength coach and good programs helps with injury prevention and proper mechanics within sports performances (for athletes) and fitness warriors (you).

Is it necessary? Absolutely.

Benefits of Strength training:

One important result of strength training is increased physical performance. Muscles quite literally utilise energy to produce movement, functioning as the engine or powerhouse of the body. Strength training increases the muscles’ size, strength, and endurance, which contribute to improvements in our work, favorite sports hobbies, and our general day-to-day activities.

  • Increased power output which increases speed of movement — thereby heightened sport prowess
  • Reduced incidence of injury
  • Enhanced psychological aura surrounding the more physical and powerfully prepared athlete
  • Increased agility, balance and coordination with more power available to the athlete

Decreased Risk of Sustaining an Injury

Our muscles also function as shock absorbers and serve as important balancing agents throughout our body. Well-conditioned muscles help to lessen the repetitive landing forces in weight-bearing activities such as jogging or playing basketball. Well-balanced muscles reduce the risk of injuries that result when a muscle is weaker than its opposing muscle group.

If you need further proof of why you need to get on board… guys, just take a look at any Men’s Health cover for your answer and gals, I’m sure you have seen a picture of The Base Body Babes floating around at some point.

Get on board

Sure you can put together your own workout, BUT for best results go straight to the experts. For strength and conditioning in Brisbane you can’t look past Cutting Edge Performance Centre as they can really cater for what you are after – from body building, getting that bikini body, function training PT sessions.

Solo warrior?

Take it an online with a digital training program like the popular MP45 from Muscle Prodigy which is a 45 day plan taking you step by step through each workout plus nutrition. If you’re driven by a timeline, this is for you. The workouts take less than an hour to do and you’ll also get rest days each week and the workouts are proven to build more lean muscle mass.

I’m planning to start the MP45 program next week and before I’ve even had a chance to get my butt to the gym to begin I’m already in love with the expert knowledge behind this program. The ebook to read before hand goes into in-depth detail of not only what you’ll be doing but the why. If you don’t actually understand the how’s and why’s of what you are doing and just go through the motions you’re setting your self up for failure. It also doesn’t sugar coat it… because, getting abs is bloody hard. If it was easy everyone would be doing it!

It also goes through all the basics and fundamentals of training, the do’s and the don’ts and then really clear exercise examples (with images) for those a little new to training. All in all this is a pretty kick ass expert personal trainer you wish you had, minus the shouting. I’m excited to sit down over the weekend and really read all the information and nutrition guidance BEFORE I get to to the actual workout section.

In the coming weeks Ill share how I’m going and might even share my favourite workout from the program so keep an eye out on our instagram.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up the weights and the results will follow.

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