Understanding Your Choices in Fitness Training

If you are just embarking on a new fitness training journey, you are probably in the research mode. You are trying to determine what type of fitness training there is and what is going to be best for you. This will give you some idea of what your choices are and how you can fit them into your training regime.

Flexibility training

This is really going to provide the foundation for your progression into the other types of training that are available to you. This is where you are going to start to utilize stretching exercises that help to prepare your body for the progression into your exercising program.

Flexibility training
Flexibility training

It helps to reduce the chances of injury that can come from over-exercising or the wrong exercises, and allows you to start becoming flexible, and promotes your range of motion. It is ideal to use flexibility training as your warm-up and your cool down when you are going to add more vigorous types of exercising to your agenda.

There are many different forms of flexibility training that you can incorporate such as yoga which can help to relax your muscles as it strengthens them. Tai chi, for example, helps to reduce your stress level which removes the stiffness in your muscles and helps you to learn how to balance.

Strength training

This is sometimes referred to as isotonic exercise or anaerobic exercise. This is where you’re going to be using a full range of motion that focuses on strengthening your muscles. A good example of this type of exercise is weightlifting. Strength training helps to create resistance through your exercise program, working your muscles as a result of following through with a motion. This is what takes place when you’re doing presses or sit-ups.


Static strength training

This also comes under the umbrella of anaerobic exercise or isometric exercising. This will build your muscle strength as well as tone them. This form of exercise is where you’re going to implement muscle contractions without joint movement. There are two forms of this type of isometric exercise which are submaximal and maximal. Submaximal means you will contract your muscles but not using your maximum strength to do so. Maximal means that you are going to contract your muscles to their fullest capacity.

Aerobic trainingaerobics

While most people are focusing on weight loss and getting their body in shape what is just as important is strengthening the cardiovascular system. This is where aerobic training comes in. This form of exercise is designed to use the large muscle groups of the body for a sustained length of time. Ideally, they are geared towards keeping your heart rate between 60 to 80% of your maximum heart rate.

Circuit training

This is a combination form of exercise that includes strength training along with aerobic exercise. It has  some great benefits to it, but it also helps to break up the redundancy of your normal workout regime. It is also a great alternative when you have to work out indoors as opposed to using outdoor space.

This gives you the basics of some great selections of the different types of training that you can become active in to help you get your body in shape and become fit and healthy.