Many of us lift weights for the aesthetic perks. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting six-pack abs and monster quads purely for the sake of having them to show off. But, there are a heck of a lot more great reasons to put your time and efforts in to building strength and muscle all over. “A strong muscle is a resilient muscle,” says strength coach Dan Trink, C.S.C.S., owner of Trink Fitness. The same goes for strong bones, tendons, and ligaments. Translation: strengthening your body—the right way—helps to make you resilient to injuries, whether gym-induced ones or stuff that could befall you outside the gym walls.
Hence why total-body strength training is a requisite in any decent exercise program. Strength training not only increases muscle mass (which is a great shock absorber when you’re running, jumping, or getting slammed by left tackle), but it spurs bone growth, improves joint stability and mobility, and wards off potentially side-lining muscle imbalances, Trink says. “That’s one of the great things about strength training. You can control what you train and how much work you do. A playing field or court is random and chaotic; a gym is like a lab and you can make sure that each muscle group gets trained appropriately. When this type of balance occurs, your risk of injury is much smaller.” Click through for 10 strength training moves you must do to build coveted muscle all over—that, by default, bulletproof your whole body.
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