What Is The Best Way To Get The Most Out Of Strength Training?

Las Cruces, NM – This week's askNMSU question:

What is the best way to get the most out of strength training?

The answer from Joseph Berning, Associate Professor in the College of Education's Human Performance Dance and Recreation Department and director of the Exercise Physiology Lab at NMSU.

Strength is vital for physical movement regardless of age. Physical movement includes everything from activities of daily living to organized activity such as exercise or competition. The best means of enhancing strength is through consistent participation in a strength training' program. One of the most important ways to maximize strength gains and ensure safety is to master correct technique. With correct lifting technique, strength training can last a lifetime. However, every age range needs to take a different approach to strength training. General recommendations include: Youth (<18 years); perform a variety of exercises, 1-3 sets, 6-15 repetitions, 2-3 times/week. Adults and older adults; perform a variety of exercises, 1-3 sets per exercise, 8-10 repetitions per set, on 2-3 non-consecutive days a week. Strength training programs are not a one size fits all' rather many variables must be considered before beginning.