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Weight Training Modalities: Is there a Top Choice?

Physical training has become quite popular over the past few decades, and different weight training modalities have been used to accomplish various tasks. The purpose behind a workout is determined on what goals you have in mind.

Do you wish to increase muscle mass? Increase muscular endurance and definition? Or are you simply seeking strength training for overall health? The goal of your workout will determine what modality, or modalities, you choose to accomplish the task along with training volume.

These are fundamental steps that many of trainers often overlook because they wish to fulfill their clients’ goals quickly. Let’s take a look at weight training modalities and the goals that usually come with them.

What is a Weight Training Modality?

Simply put, a weight training modality is a specific method used to encourage some type of reaction from it.

For example, weight training modalities used for strength training would be exercises performed with equipment to cause resistance against the muscles for contractions to occur. Strength training doesn’t require very heavy loads, so you would not really be using a modality of that nature.

As mentioned previously, the weight training modality you choose revolves around the goals your clients’ seek, which in turn allows you to choose what exercises are appropriate for creating the specific response for their bodies. Truthfully there is no actual top choice since each training goals has its own specific needs whether it be aerobic training or weight training.

There are essentially hundreds if not thousands of different exercise modalities that fit into weight training, so trying to learn all of them is pointless because a new one is already in the works someplace in the world. However, being proficient in weight training is a primary result that your client should be able to do on their own by the end of their program.

Why Choosing Different Weight Training Modalities is Important

You simply cannot stick with one type of weight training or exercise modality on a routine basis because of a few reasons such as:

The human body adapts to stimulus that is placed on it and will eventually not change as significantly or effectively over a period of time.

A person should be focusing on all types of training modalities to have an overall better health. Basically a person who does weight training only is going to not do so well in the realm of cardio workouts, which is just as important for the body.

The weight training modality you choose for your client should allow them to progress into other areas as well.

For example, performing weight training with exercise modalities back to back and light in resistance will encourage muscular strength and endurance.

This will allow the training to carry over into the realm of aerobic training since the body is able to understand the stress of not having enough oxygen.

Regardless of the goal choice, the end result should be the ability for them to have a healthier lifestyle that carries on until they leave the earth. The information should be reinforced that simply wanting to just burn fat for a few months does not end at that accomplishment.

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The Most Beneficial Weight Training Modality

Resistance training is actually being used more recently over the past decade because science has realized that just doing cardio is not allowing muscles and bones to become stronger.

Strength training has even been noted to be good for the heart as well. Cardio is great for the cardiovascular system, but strength training has to be performed as well to have a better overall health – especially for those in their elderly years.

Strength training can be performed with bodyweight workouts, but opening up the gateway to gym equipment with your clients may be more beneficial because you are preparing them to use a variety of different methods to encourage resistance for muscles to contract against.

Free weights and cable machines are basic tools for trainers, but to a new client they are basically alien object in a sense.

They have no idea what equipment to use for most exercises, and machines are especially confusing for most, even if they provide directions for two step movements.

Slowly work in different types of equipment for your weight training modalities, and allow them to develop a habit of using them so they excel in performance when they are on their own.

Training Goals and then Modalities

It is always good to remember that weight training modalities are chosen after your client has stated their overall goals, both short term and long term.

Once you have this information you can make a better decision now on what type of weight training modality will best suit their needs.

There is no specific modality to follow because there are many factors that come into the picture, but strength training as discussed is great for the body unless your client has medical issues that need to be addressed. Encourage your client to succeed and your programs will have a bigger impact on their goal accomplishments.

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