Monthly Archives: September 2012

Strength Training


Strength Training has so many benefits!

When I was younger, I was all about dance classes and Martial Arts classes. This was rather a good thing because it combined strength and agility training with cardiovascular training. Both classes were beneficial to mind and body. Both classes pushed my brain as well as my body.

Now that I am an adult, I don’t have as much time (and money) to spend going to classes like these. It’s much easier to go to the gym and either work out on my own or in group classes that are already provided by the gym.

For awhile, I was a little afraid to experiment much with the machines, free weights, and barbells. I was much more comfortable with the elliptical machines and stair climbers. I didn’t even really like the treadmills and stationary bikes. My workouts were extremely limited and boring. They also lacked that element of strength training my body desperately needed.

When I went to my hop hop street team classes/rehearsals I noticed that my upper body was just not strong enough to do everything I wanted to do. I finally decided to give Body Pump classes a try. Boy were my muscles sore! It was amazing to me how much strength my body was lacking considering I was at a healthy weight and had such a strong exercise background.

I have been growing strong ever since, and have always been on the lookout for new ways to improve my body. Tina’s bootcamp has been great for that!



I have really found bootcamp to be beneficial to my strength and endurance. Strength training in general has made my body stronger and more capable of everyday things like moving boxes, remaining strong and upright at my desk at work, and performing household chores and tasks more easily.

The Root Life outlined the 10 main benefits of strength training which I have listed below:

1) Increased Metabolic Rate 

2) Increasing and Restoring Bone Density

3) Increased Lean Muscle Mass

4) Injury Prevention 

5) Improved Balance

6) Decreased Risk of Coronary Disease

7) Aids in Rehabilitation and Recovery 

8) Enhanced Performance in Sports, Exercise and Life In General

9) Aging Gracefully

10) Feeling Better and Looking Better

I strongly (hehe, get it?) encourage anyone out there focusing on running or walking or elliptical machines to give strength training a try. It’s really worth the time and effort, and your body will thank you for it! With so many great benefits you really have nothing to lose.

For more info on participating in Tina’s next boot camp, which is coming up soon, and I highly recommend, visit her blog at