Target muscles: Chest
Resistance machines: better suited to beginners, seniors or for those recovering from an injury
Free weights: dumbbells, barbells
Body weight: push-ups
How will this help me?
Strength training will benefit you in many ways: It will reduce stress on your joints; increase connective tissue strength; burn more calories at rest; improve posture; decreases risk of insulin resistance; decrease risk of obesity; improve lean body composition; increase bone density; improve athletic performance; and prevent injury as you age.
Find meanings of these fitness terms at www.cindysays.com and www.ymcawv.org: adaptation, body composition, constant resistance, core. Insulin, resistance, lean muscle, muscular strength, overload, progression, range of motion, repetitions (reps) and variable resistance.
NEXT WEEK: Lower-body strength
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified coordinator/instructor since 1989.
Send your questions about fitness, training or health to YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com.
Look for Cindy's fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her Web site www.cindysays.com or contact the YMCA at 340-3527.