An earlier article provided initiates to the men’s health and fitness arena with a refreshing introduction to interval workouts. In that article, although it was nothing more than a general overview, it was precise in its motivational intervention towards getting newcomers enthusiastically through the turnstiles of today’s state of the art urban city gym environments. In keeping with this series’ current theme of always being prepared to ask upfront questions that article successfully answered the question as to who will be doing interval training.

The spirit of that theme continues here.

This article now turns to the fat-burning question of who will be doing weight training. As with the previous article, a general overview to answer this question is given. And in intentionally encouraging new gym users, a motivational piece on why health and fitness conscious men should be doing weight training is included.

Who will be doing weight training?

The sub-heading, perhaps, should have opened this narrative with who is already doing weight training. The perception in the past for those who have never been in the habit of exercising and engaging in necessary physical activities was that it was only the strong men of this world that ventured into the weight training room. Everyone else would be busy with more light-hearted disciplines – they still define these as calisthenics – on exercise mats elsewhere in the gym.

These would have been your proverbial tough guys who would be professionally employed within the safety and security and also national security sectors. On the sports front, it was always thought that wrestlers, competitive weight lifters and body builders would be doing interval styled weight lifting. But so much of that is not true. Today’s sporting disciplines have advanced to the degree that a more scientific approach has been taken to all aspects of preparation for the main competitive event.

For instance, because it is deemed advantageous to their upper body strength to produce peak performances and winning results in terms of advancing to the gain line with ball in hand, rugby players (both forward and backline) spend regular intervals in the gym doing their weight training when not practicing their on field drills.

The same goes for football (or soccer) players. The fine example, you will recall, of the world’s leading superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, was used. The earlier article made a point of highlighting his dedication to the sport. Now is the time to highlight his physical superiority on the pitch. If you are an ardent follower of the sport, you will have noticed Ronaldo’s superiority in the air (think heading the ball) in the goalmouth area, and his agility and speed allowing him to reach one end of the pitch sooner than his opponents.

Dedication did get him to the pinnacle of this fine sport. But in order to complete Mr. Ronaldo’s rise to perfection, he would have had to spend quite a bit of time in the gym, lifting weights or doing interval training. Now, we have to acknowledge that we are not able to substantiate this at this point but one thing we can assure you is that intervals and weights, whether in the gym or on the pitch, will be done by the world’s leading teams.

In the footballing sense, the practice has been to utilize a combination of weights and intervals with co-ordination improving exercises. The complete footballer’s skill set and physique, generally speaking, is quite unique. While weight lifters’ requirements may appear to be quite straightforward, you do notice that professional boxers do a substantial amount of roadwork and to help improve their co-ordination, balance and cardio-vascular levels.

Why men of all ages should be doing weight training

To repeat, prowess does not come about through sheer dedication or commitment to the respective sports alone. A fair amount of weight training and interval sessions will have produced the effectiveness at which successful sportsmen perform. We believe that all men of all ages should also have a go at weight training. Not only does it improve their overall body strength, it does play its part in maintaining cardiovascular fitness levels.

But at this stage, it is necessary to remind readers that certain age groups need to be closely supervised. In fact, no young man under the age of, say twelve should be lifting weights at all. This fine young man’s body is still under development. His young bones and muscles still need to be given a healthy chance to develop as naturally as possible without any unnecessary stress being placed on it. Senior citizens, however, can do weight training, but not always necessarily as you would have imagined.

You can picture this scenario for the time being rather. Good retirement homes do encourage their residents to be physically active in order to ensure that their remaining years are as healthy as possible. You will see physical therapists working with the aged whereby they get their protégés to lift the lightest of handheld weights whilst still being seated in their chairs. Those men who have not reached this stage, however, can go to the gym.

Their physiological condition has advanced to the point where they have been conditioned to bear heavy weights. However, due to their advanced age and possible frailty, their weight training sessions should be closely managed by gym staff or personal trainers. Men, who are overweight, well above their recommended weight in terms of their age and height, should endeavor to do weights. It will most certainly help them to shed the excess fat.

While muscle mass is being restored, the excess fat falls away. This also places men in a better position to partake in other physical activities which they avoided previously due to their awkward condition. They will have the balance and strength to do things that other men would normally take for granted. And they would have the necessary confidence levels to carry it all out.

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