Lifting Weights Athens AL

Local resource for lifting weights in Athens, AL. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to strength training, weight training, muscle building, weight lifting workouts, and power lifting, as well as advice and content on weightlifting techniques.

(256) 340-7800
1205 Wimberly Dr.
Decatur, AL
(205) 403-6145
2810 John Hawkins Pkwy (Hwy 150 at Paradise Pkwy)
Hoover, AL
(334) 215-2800
8610 Eastchase Parkway
Montgomery, AL
(251) 380-5340
3725 Airport Blvd (in the Mobile Festival Centre)
Mobile, AL
(256) 340-7800
1205 Wimberly Dr.
Decatur, AL
Sports Authority
(256) 327-8640
Bridge Street Town Centre, 6890 Governors West
Huntsville, AL
Golf Day Shop, Golf Simulator, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Firearms/Hunting, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

(256) 439-6260
601 George Wallace Dr.
Gadsden, AL
(205) 661-5500
1612 Gadsden Hwy (in the Tutwiler Farms Shopping Center)
Birmingham, AL
(205) 981-4150
310 Doug Baker Blvd (in the Lee Branch Shopping Center)
Birmingham, AL
(205) 391-6860
710 Skyland Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL

The Hidden Benefits of Weight Lifting

Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   

Many people associate weight training (resistance training) with bodybuilding and do not recognize the importance of weight training for health. Weight training  has a multitude of important health benefits besides improving muscle size, muscle tone, muscle density and reducing body fat. 

Weight training also has many important health benefits that many people do not attribute to weight training. By incorporating weight training into your daily routine you can not only look better, feel better, but you can reduce your risk to many life shortening other diseases and conditions

Research shows that resistance exercise (weightlifting) is associated with improvements in all of the following: 

  • Energy. Weight training can increase your energy. nita_marquez_butt
  • Body fat. Weight training increase lean muscle. More lean muscle means a higher resting metabolic rate which can decrease stored body fat. 
  • Muscular strength. Weight training increase muscular strength.
  • Muscle endurance. Weight training increase muscular endurance.
  • Sarcopenia (loss of muscle as we age). Weight training can slow the loss of muscle associated with the natural aging process ( sarcopenia ).
  • Low back pain. Weight training can strengthen the muscles in the lower back, increase flexibility of the lower back and also increase core strength. lack of core strength is one of the primary contributors to low back pain.
  • Balance, coordination and posture. Weight training improves balance, coordination and posture through improvements in muscle strength, muscle tone, muscle flexibility and muscle density.
  • Functional capacity and ability (falling, climbing stairs). Several studies show that weight training can improve core strength , balance and muscle stability, reducing the risk of falls and fractures.
  • Resting metabolic rate. Weight training can reverse the natural decline in your resting metabolism which begins around age 30.
  • Insulin Resistance. Several studies show that weight training can improve Insulin resistance. Improving insulin resistance reduces your risk for metabolic syndrome and can help prevent type 2 diabetes
  • Glucose metabolism. Several studies show that weight training can improve glucose metabolism which can be beneficial in the managing of diabetes , and the preventing of type 2 diabetes.
  • Heart rate. Weight training lowers your resting heart rate, a sign of a more efficient heart.
  • Blood pressure. Weight training decreases your resting blood pressure and reduce high blood pressure ( hypertension ).
  • Food metabolism. Weight training decreases your gastrointestinal transit time. This can reduce the risk for developing colon cancer and other diseases associated with toxin absorption through the GI tract.
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