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A Trio of Strength Exercises All Should Know



Even if you are not planning on trying out for a World’s Strongest Man competition, there are several strength exercises that you incorporate into your daily activities that offer long-lasting benefits to everyday living.

Weight-lifting may be perceived as something that is only suitable for the pinnacles of might, those people with the sort of builds that you only really see in fitness magazines and the multiple sequel channels to ESPN. This perception ignores one basic fact about musculature-muscle not only helps you attract a partner but also helps you make it through the day without assistance.

While only a small fraction of the populace longs to be as ripped as a any random hero from a ’90s comic book cover, most people can certainly appreciate having enough internal power to lift a jug of milk or a loaded suitcase without even wincing. You might not care about setting a record for squats but everyone can certainly enjoy the idea of having no issue getting up from a chair under their own power once they become old and gray-haired or bald. Both of these actions become easier and safer with some basic weight training. Some physical trainers refer to this sort of training as “functional fitness,” a type of training where gym exercises have tangible benefits when pursuing everyday activities.

These are the sort of workout routines that will keep your muscles taut and firm as you advance in age. The average 70-year-old loses 1/4 of the muscle mass he had at age 30 and this deficiency worsens at 90, where the loss reaches half. While you cannot completely reduce this loss with weight training, studies suggest that keeping functional and strengthening your bones is best done with some resistance training. The advice provided in this article comes from an expert powerlifter, coach and author and is comprehensive for all individuals; it is not just for gym rats seeking to get buff.

Note that no piece of fitness advice is universal. You may have specific health risks or disabilities that limit or prevent you from engaging in these exercises but this does not give you a pass on exercising in its entirety. Whether you have an old injury, impaired mobility or a general weakness, you may be in a position where you cannot perform the following exercises. It is advised that you always talk with a professional trainer about your body and physique to get the most optimal recommendation for improvement.