Training Tips for the 40s: Resistance vs Weight Training

We’ve already chatted about the ways muscle keeps you younger, for longer.  Now let’s take a closer look at the ways you can build muscle more effectively. You can make use of either resistance training or weight training.

Resistance training can involve any resistance applied to muscles, like resistance bands or variable bodyweight resistance.

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On the other hand, weight training specifically involves the use of free weights and machines.

You can achieve great results simply by using body weight as resistance in the form of push ups, pull ups, dips, lunges and squats, so don’t think that it’s “weights or nothing”.

If you’re not very confident with free weights, consider hiring a personal trainer, who can show you how to get the most out of compound movements with these weights. These sorts of exercises employ multiple joints and the greatest number of muscles. They include squats, lunges, chin ups, deadlifts and dips. And they require proper form, if you hope to avoid injury.

Remember to support your training with a healthy diet, if you really want to achieve great results!

Author: Tanja Schmitz

Co-Publisher at Maverick Media and until recently, Fitness Magazine editor. Tanja now manages multiple digital platforms, consults and create exciting campaigns and opportunities in the fitness industry. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.