Strength training can significantly improve your overall health and well being. Not only do you use strength workouts to build muscle, you also gain increased bone, muscle tendon and ligament strength and toughness, improved joint function, reduced potential for injury, increased bone density, a temporary increase in metabolism, improved cardiac function, and elevated HDL (good) cholesterol.
The bottom line is: Strength training is a great way to look great and maintain overall health. Training commonly uses the technique of progressively increasing the force output of the muscle through incremental increases of weight, elastic tension or other resistance, and uses a variety of exercises and types of equipment to target specific muscle groups. Strength training is primarily an anaerobic activity, although some proponents have adapted it to provide the benefits of aerobic exercise through circuit training.
Strength training differs from bodybuilding, weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman, which are sports rather than forms of exercise, although training for them is inherently interconnected with strength training.
Strength training can help an athlete reach the next level, or it can help tone and lean the muscles. We will help you with whatever your strength training goals may be.
In athletics and sports, speed is king. Speed is how fast you can get from Point A to Point B, or the capacity to apply a large amount of force in a short period of time. Speed is the microsecond difference between beating your opponent to the ball or getting open for a shot. Many athletic movements take place in only 0.1 to 0.2 seconds.
Speed is a combination of strength and power, or how strong your muscles are and how fast you can make them react.
Strength training increases maximal force production. Assuming as a result, more force can be produced in the same period of time, strength training alone can increase power. However, it makes more sense to increase both maximal force production and the rate of force development. This can be achieved through power training. Both strength and power training are integral to improvement of speed. Ask us how we can help you gain that extra step.
Powerlifting & Olympic Weightlifting
Downing's specializes in both powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. We are the only gym in the area with Olympic style lifting.
Powerlifting is a strength sport, consisting of three events: the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift. Powerlifting is similar to the sport of Olympic weightlifting, as both disciplines involve lifting weights in three attempts.
Olympic weightlifting sport in which participants attempt a maximum weight single lift of a barbell loaded with weight plates. The two lifts competed are the clean and jerk and the snatch.
The compound word "weightlifting" is also often used to refer to weight training. In comparison with powerlifting which tests limit strength (with or without lifting aids), weightlifting tests ballistic limits (explosive strength) with smaller weights, such that the lifts must be executed faster and with more mobility, because of a greater range of motion during the lifts. However, parts of the lift, especially in the clean and jerk, do test for absolute strength, as power is not an issue in executing that part of the lift.
Downing's Gym has a tradition of excellence helping people get into shape. Our various weight-training and cardio programs offer something for every type of workout enthusiast. We offer everything from Olympic weight training and powerlifting to Zumba classes.
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