Firstly let’s get rid of some of the mystique surrounding resistance training. Even the name sounds technical! ‘Resistance Training’ is another name for exercising your muscles using an opposing force i.e. dumb bells or resistance bands.
In the old days it used to be called ‘Weight Training’, but this phrase invoked images of huge sweaty men with bulging biceps and wasn’t very popular with women. So the language has changed but the activity remains the same.
Resistance training, toning and weight training are one and the same activity; they require the use of resistance to increase muscle size and strength. The most well known equipment used for Resistance Training is ‘weights’, or more specifically dumb bells or barbells.
During resistance training exercise muscle fibres are broken down and in the days following the work-out the fibres repair and grow stronger to meet the demands that have been placed on it. Therefore rest days are as important as the exercise itself.