Fitness instructor Scott Keppel explains what form of resistance training is best and how a woman knows what is best for her.
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EmpowHer EmpowHer Asks: What form of resistance training is best, and how does a woman know what’s best for her? Scott Keppel Nationally Certified Fitness Instructor As far as what type of weight training or resistance training is better for each individual, it’s similar to the cardio whatever you’re going to do. Machines are great for some individuals. They’re safe, their easy. You pull the pin out and put the pin in. You know if you can’t get the rep up. The worst thing that’s going to happen is weights is going to crash down, it’s not going to land on you. However, the disadvantage of a machine is they’re not made for everyone so those individuals that are a little bigger or little, or little shorter you know they’re going to have a harder time with that. As far as free weights those are great because they help you to work more stabilization muscles. You have to stabilize those dumbbells that free bar whatever it may be so you’re going to recruit more muscles. However, there you run in to the form not being able to keep the proper form like a machine if you do a chest press machine it’s only going to go one way. You know so if you have the experience I definitely think doing free weights is official. Now we have resistant bands out there. Those are another great tool for individuals looking to get into exercise or those at travel they’re cheap, they’re easy to pack. You can do them at home. You can do them anywhere. So for an individual just starting now, it’s on the road all the time those are great but if you can I would combine all 3. I would do machines, I would do free weights, I would do bands. Your own body weight even. You can even grab bags and put soup cans in them and your movement is using that so there’s really no— nothing you can’t use for yourself is just a matter of what you’re going to do. The bands again they tend to be a little easier so those individuals that are more advanced are going to find out a band workout one, they’re going to get bored because there’s only so many movements you can do and two the resistance only goes so heavy. So they are going to have to turn us something a little different but for that woman just starting off kind of intimidated going to a gym which can be an intimidating place. I would go to a local sporting goods store or online and get some bands and start of with those and its going to be safer and more effective than going into a gym and not using that membership.