Strength Train For Flexibility

Almost everyone wants to lose weight, be more flexible and get in better physical shape. What if you could accomplish all 3 of these objectives at the same time? Consider these recent findings published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Scientists had a group of sedentary middle aged women participate in a circuit training program that involved performing 3 sets of 8 to 12 reps (15 to 20 for abdominal work) on 7 different exercises. After 10 weeks, these women significantly improved their 10-rep maximum strength while gaining greater flexibility of their shoulders, hips and trunk.

The Bigger Picture: Although knee and elbow flexibility did not measurably improve for these women, and they were not weighed pre or post study, the benefits realized in just 10 weeks make their efforts very worthwhile. Now imagine if they had combined the circuit training with a sensible diet of healthy whole foods. That's how you make the most of your work in the gym.
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