#FITSPO: How To Smash Your Resistance Training Goals

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Last December, I talked about the importance of females in particular doing resistance work on our bods. This is functional movement, so we can do life activities, such as push, pull, and climb up and down stairs. Makes sense, right?

It was no. 1 in the list of 20 Things I’d Tell My Future Self, here:

Do strength and resistance training - Cardio is excellent fitness but we need to create a strong, effective, functionally moving body and this can only be achieved through strength training. Get to the gym, or book a personal trainer and learn what you need to do. Then when you know, buy some weights and do reps at home. From age 40 muscle mass reduces year on year, (10 per cent each decade!), and to keep your body mobile and strong so you can live a full life, you need to build strength training into your life before your muscle becomes useless fat and you can’t do what you want to do. Think core strength to hold your spine, neck agility to hold your head up, back strength to pull, chest strength to push, thigh and calf strength to walk up and down hills. You need it; it’s important, so prioritise it.

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One part of that (the up and down stairs) is doing squats with weights. Sure the cosmetic bonus of this is a tight toosh, but what really matters, is you’ll build muscle and retain muscle so that you can race up them hills like a bawse.

And while yes, you can do this in a gym, and yes you can use a weight bag, you can also achieve this at home in a small space using any weighted object you have lying around. I use my neighbour’s 16kg weights… and actually, weights are cheap as from Kmart, or at specialist sports equipment online hubs, like this one here.

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