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Weight Lifting for Your Body and Mine

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This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center.

Male power lifters bench pressing over 1,100 pounds paint a picture about weight lifting that can intimidate the rest of us.  Yet, the real power of lifting that does the most good for the most of us is the sort of thing the Centers for Disease Control encourages.

Benefits of weight lifting or strength training for everyone, per the CDC, can include: less bone loss, stronger muscles, up to 15-percent increase in metabolism, less arthritis pain, better blood sugar control for diabetes, even less stress and depression.  And of course, there’s the obvious: the chance to feel more toned and confident in that swimsuit next summer.

The CDC says we should set goals for growing stronger that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-Based.  And of course, consult with a doctor about any fitness program, especially if a special health concern is involved.

So, the most impressive show of power with weights might not be that musclebound guy seeing how close he can lift to the world record.  It might be the 85-year-old woman who is staying strong 5, 10 or 20 pounds at a time, with a strength training program that keeps her moving and pain-free.  It could be that other person with the health challenge no one would even know about, whose doctor recommended weight-bearing exercises to keep him strong.

The power of weight lifting for those of us still feeling intimidated by free weights becomes more accessible with a class like Les Mills Body Pump at National Fitness Center.  The class guides beginners through a progression that can be as simple or challenging as each person needs.

Express stations at all NFC clubs offer a chance to get weight lifting in via the power of machines, including an entire circuit in as little as 30 minutes.

Plus, PHIIT classes and personal trainers can help anyone step up their fitness program to include the power of weights that fits their individual needs.

This post is in cooperation with the #teamNFC program at National Fitness Center.

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