How Resistance Training Works

Resistance training, through the use of weights, machines, or your own body weight, forces the cells of the body to adapt to the extra loads that are being applied.

The cells are broken down during this exercise process and become stronger when they are given time to recover. Unless there is sufficient time for the body to recover from this resistance, it will become over trained and consequently there will be a stop, or even a reduction in the benefits that one might achieve.

This is one of the reasons why many beginners plateau after training for a short period of time and fail to see the progress that they enjoyed initially. They are essentially over training by not allowing their cells sufficient time to recover from the exercise.

By constantly breaking down the cells during exercise and not allowing them to recover they become fatigued and don’t have the opportunity to grow. It is a simple process to solve this problem once you understand what is happening.
Unlike the action most people take by training harder and harder to get the gains they were once getting, they should actually reduce the workload slightly or allow for longer periods of rest or recuperation.

Until the body has adapted to a new regime of resistance training it is better to start off with lighter weights and/or easier exercises using only your body weight.

It is also wise to have longer rest periods between each exercise and also between the days that you are working out. Once you have trained in this manner for a while you will be able to increase the workout intensity and start making noticeable gains.

Your body will soon become accustomed to the exercise and this in turn will make you less likely to suffer from any injuries.

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