Part A is for Strength

Part A is for Strength.  But why?

1. Longevity and functional longevity.

Strength is a dominant predictor of longevity.  Not only in age but also in functioning into old age.

“The embers of disability begin smoldering long before you’re handed a walker.“

Lifestyle choices made in midlife can have a major impact on your functional ability late in life”

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“If you become a couch potato at 45 and remain so, immobility can encroach as early as 60.”

I am even starting to see immobility in my lifelong friends.  I would argue that inactivity in our 30s starts to affect us now in our early 40s.  The lack of a need to be active is speeding up our declines. Thoughtful action must be taken to fight off the decline.  This is what we do at Progression. It is the real purpose of the gym.

2. Lean bodies.

10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories.  

Now consider being active. Muscles are the calorie burners of the body. The more of it you have the more calories you burn doing everything.  This is why the best class for weight loss for most people is the CF class. The strength portion needs to be taken seriously, your weights need to slowly go up and you need to track and measure what you do.  An InBody scan one time a month should be done to see if you are making progress or maintaining. After proper nutrition, adding muscle to your body is the best thing you can do for fat loss.

Also as we age, our metabolism slows.  “I just can’t lose the wt like I used to…”  This is normal.  Adding muscle can help. Going extra long in the gym won’t work for long.

Three things will work forever.  Consistency, Proper Nutrition, Strength.  Notice that not one of them is how long are you working out.

The good news is, this isn’t really hard.  It is just a decision that you have to make.  And it is even fun.

See you at the gym!