Many understand the need for regular aerobic exercise – as it is essential to maintaining a strong and healthy cardiovascular system.  But few understand the equally important need for regular strength training.  Read on to see all the ways that strength training can help you to optimize your health:Compliment your cardio workout with strength for added health benefits.

  • Controls Your Weight.  Muscle burns hotter than fat.  So the more muscle you put on your frame, the higher your metabolic rate becomes.  Now you are burning more calories 24/7!
  • Develops Strong Bones.  High-impact aerobic activities are not the only way to strengthen your bones.  Strength training also stresses the bones in such a way that they respond by becoming stronger and more dense. – an excellent means of warding off osteoporosis.
  • Reduce Your Risk of Injury.  Strong muscles serve to protect your joints from injury.  They also contribute to better balance, which is critical to maintaining independence as you age.
  • Manage Chronic Conditions.  Strength training can reduce symptoms of many chronic conditions, including:  arthritis, back pain, depression, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. 


And the good news is that there is an approach to strength training that fits every individual out there!  Traditional home gyms, such as Body Solid and Vectra, offer a well-known approach.  Newer functional-style gyms, as seen in Torque and Hoist, offer a greater variety of exercises that more closely mimic our everyday moves.  If you have had limited success with weight machines, you might consider using a variety of fitness accessories to meet your goal (e.g. medicine balls, weighted tubes, balance tools).   Come on into BGI Fitness to try out all these different approaches to strength training, and see what works best for you! 

Want to learn more about the strength training with a Functional Gym?  Joey Osborne with Hoist Fitness will be at Bicycle Garage Indy and BGI Fitness on February 5th (South) and 6th (North).  There will be three hands on training session each evening.  Learn more and register for this free event at

When you visit Bicycle Garage Indy, BGI Fitness is the same store.  North (Indianapolis, Dean Road at 82nd Street) and in South (Greenwood, just west of I65 on County Line Rd.)