Body Building vs. Strength Training

Body Building…what do you think of when you hear some one say ‘Body Building’? I would venture a guess that most of you think of those BIG (steroid using) muscle heads on the cover of certain muscle magazines. Am I right?

Now Strength Training…what does that conjure up? Any difference in how you view those two (very different) fitness phrases? Well, I hope so; but if not, let me try to explain the vast differences between them.

First, and foremost, Bodybuilding is a form of body modification involving intensive muscle hypertrophy. Basically, it’s all about getting ‘BIGGER’! Period. The definition of ‘hypertrophy’ is an increase in the size of muscle cells.

Strength training is the use of resistance to muscular contraction to build the strength, anaerobic endurance, and size of skeletal muscles. When properly performed, strength training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health and well-being, including increased bone, muscle, tendon and ligament strength and toughness, improved joint function, reduced potential for injury, increased bone density, a temporary increase in metabolism, improved cardiac function, and elevated HDL (good) cholesterol.

As you can see, body building does have ‘a’ benefit; while strength training has ‘many’ benefits! Body building mostly consists of training muscles, while strength training primarily focuses on training the whole body. When you train on machines and isolate muscles, you actually weaken the body’s ability to perform at optimal levels. Look at it this way, you NEVER ONLY use ‘one’ muscle to do ANYTHING in real life; so training your muscles that way is very ineffective. However, strengthening the body as ‘one unit’ (the way it was designed to work) enables you to not only perform many tasks; but allows you do to them easier and in less time! Another benefit to strength training is caloric expenditure; the more muscles you use at one time, the more calories you burn!

Our Trial Membership at MAX4 Fitness is a great way to experience the difference between a ‘body building’ routine and a Strength Training program.

About Michael

Michael Bonetti has been a certified personal trainer since 1994. His true passion is helping people. Whether you need help losing weight for a wedding, playing golf better, or living without pain; Michael is dedicated to learning everything he can to help you achieve all your health and fitness goals.

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