Remember when you were a kid and claimed that your dog ate your homework, when really you just didn’t get around to writing that book report? Of course, your teacher knew you were fibbing. While most of us are past blaming the dog instead of taking responsibility for our actions, this doesn’t mean that we’re beyond using excuses—whether we realize it or not.
As a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I’ve heard almost every reason under the sun for why people “can’t” be active, let alone do something specific like lifting dumbbells. However, outside of an actual health condition and a doctor’s note saying that strength training isn’t recommended, lifting weights is so beneficial to the majority of people that all excuses are busted pretty quickly.
The benefits of strength training for beginners and the fit alike are numerous, including increased muscle strength, balance, bone density, lean muscle mass, insulin sensitivity and cardio endurance—not to mention that strong, lean muscles simply look better! So if you’ve been making excuses and opting out of weight training, read on to get the (nice) kick in the workout pants that you need to start benefiting from regular strength training.