There are many different goals that people tell me they want their fitness programs to achieve. However, the one goal that is most requested is increased muscle tone and strength.
Daniel Kosich (PhD), renowned American exercise physiologist, claims that the specific overload needed to cause strength gains is a progressive increase in the amount of resistance (weight) used in a training program. In other words – if you don’t use it, you lose it!
This premise is reinforced by recent research released by the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Researchers there found that men’s and women’s strength begins to decline at the age of 40, and decreases 8 to 10 percent per decade after that. Fortunately, strength training can help slow down this decline.