Maximum Strength: Research and Reasons to lift!

Maximum Strength: Research and Reasons to lift!

Sponsored Article

By Matrix Fitness Canada

Strength training has leapt to the front of the pack across every fitness trend report, emerging as the essential block of health and fitness. From youth and teens, to millennials to Gen X, to adults and seniors, research is proving the profound benefits of weight-bearing activities, and the myriad of advantages that extend far beyond looking good.

 

Matrix Fitness Canada, a global leader on the cardio floor, has been revolutionizing strength-training equipment to meet the needs of the market, investing heavily in research and development, responding to customers’ needs to engineer the best strength training solutions for all demographics. Let’s dispel myths, explore the latest research, and dive deep into the transformative power of strength through ages and groups, and identify which equipment will maximize your members’ gains.

 
Youth and Teens

We used to think that weight-loading activities might damage the bones of our youth during their prime growth years, but the opposite appears to be true: Strength training can promote greater bone density – making it an incredible early intervention for osteoporosis later in life. Young athletes can enhance their performance by developing strength, power and agility.

 

A study review of strength training in youth and teens found that children can improve strength by 30-50% in only 8-12 weeks, and that youth and teens need to train twice a week to maintain strength.

 

This is a great time to introduce racks, and rack-based exercises like squats, deadlifts and presses which can help youth and teens develop proper form and technique, and be able to not only execute with precision, but continually make progress.

 

Generation Z and Millennials

Now collectively known as “generation active” – this group represents the biggest demographic in the gym. Generation Z prioritizes exercise as a gateway to improved mental health; strength training has proven abilities to release endorphins and reduce stress levels – an amazing dynamic occurs as the muscle works towards fatigue, mental health rises.  Millennials known for fast-paced lifestyles and a love of technology, love what’s the latest and greatest but also time-efficient workouts as they cope with work-life balance.

 

What Generation Active shares is a passion for Strength. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that millennials, looking for efficiency, are more likely to incorporate HIIT and strength together into dynamic, time-efficient, full-body workouts.  Strength training has been proven to boost metabolism, aiding in weight loss, and helping us burn calories at rest.

 

The Connexus Series, one of our most innovative equipment lines available, is designed for fitness to meet functionality. The intuitive and versatile designs offer virtually limitless ranges of exercise variety – perfect for Generation Active – and storage capabilities for a multitude of strength-training accessories.

 

Generation X and Seniors

It is never too late to start strength-training. By the time we hit our late 40s and 50s, the chance of having sustained an injury has increased exponentially. And research shows that Generation X loves strength-training for its role in preventing age-related muscle loss and preventing injury. A study published in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity highlights the importance of load-bearing activities for Generation X, as well as mobility and movement.

 

For seniors, the obvious “big gain” in creating stronger muscles is the vast improvements to bone density, mobility and balance. We begin to lose muscle mass from the age of 30. Age-related muscle-loss, known as sarcopenia, is a natural by-product of aging, which is why strength training is vital as we can lose anywhere from 3-5% of our muscle mass each decade. Moreover, strength training improves cognition, including executive function and memory retention, and can reduce our risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 

Multi-purpose machines, like our Versa Functional Trainer, that will challenge the body in multiple planes of motion and machines that can engage older members, or those new to strength and circuit programs, are a wise investment. The Go Series provides minimal adjustments, low-starting weights and smaller progressions, which is a welcoming experience for anyone new to strength. With a compact footprint and back-to-back designs, this is the perfect equipment for an older demographic.

 

Stronger: Healthier

Strength training has also been proven to trigger a reaction in our cells that can protect us against many chronic health conditions and increase longevity. Increased muscle mass improves our blood flow, improving our cardiovascular system. A review of studies by the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that strength training is associated with a 10-17% reduction in premature death from all causes, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. 

 

Perhaps one of the greatest gains from creating and sustaining a strength-training routine is that it helps build self-esteem and confidence. We get stronger inside and out when we lift.  We develop resilience that extends far beyond the gym floor.

Stay Connected!

Subscribe to FitBizWeekly’s FREE newsletter for news, commentary, idea sharing and developments across the Canadian health and fitness industry.


By clicking on the Subscribe button you agree to be on our newsletter list. You can opt out anytime. We respect your privacy. Your information will not be shared and your email address will be stored safely. 

Stay Tuned

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter 

By clicking on the Subscribe button you agree to be on our newsletter list. You can opt out anytime.  

We respect your privacy. Your information will not be shared and your email address will be stored safely.