Lifting Weights West Memphis AR

Local resource for lifting weights in West Memphis, AR. 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.

Sports Authority
(662) 536-2313
Southaven Towne Center, 225 Goodman Road West
Southaven, MS
Golf Day Shop, Golf Hitting Cage, Golf Trade-In Program, Delivery & Assembly
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

(501) 217-3700
11400 West Markham (between S Shackleford and S Bowman)
Little Rock, AR
(501) 210-6030
6100 Warden Rd
Sherwood, AR
Sports Authority
5895 Poplar Ave
Memphis, TN
Sports Authority
(501) 224-7137
11700 Chenal Parkway
Little Rock, AR
Golf Trade-In Program, Hunting and Fishing Licenses, Delivery & Assembly
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

(479) 494-1740
5001 Phoenix Avenue (at Airport Blvd)
Fort Smith, AR

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.
  • Blood cho...

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