The Australian Physical Activity and Fitness Guidelines list strength training as an essential part of maintaining good physical & mental health and wellbeing, with a recommended 2 sessions per week. This doesn’t always need to involve lifting weights in the gym, although helpful, it can consist of bodyweight or resistance exercises that can just as easily be completed at home.
Whether it’s preparing to get stronger for sport, getting out of a chair, or needing to pick young kids up off the floor, strength training can prepare you for that movement in a safe and effective way. Preparation through exposure to movements and positions is what helps us succeed when we need to complete the task at hand.
- Maintain muscle strength and tone: helps to protect your joints and decreases your risk of injury
- Stronger bones: increases bone density and reduces the risk of fractures
- Weight control: As you gain muscle, your body begins to burn calories more easily, making it easier to control your weight
- Improved balance and coordination: reducing falls and injuries
- Improve sporting performance
If you’re worried about injury or just not sure how to start, book an appointment with one of our expert physiotherapists who can assess any injuries you may have and create a program specifically designed for your own needs and goals and help protect against injury or aggravation.
Dylan Northcott - Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist Dylan Northcott has a passion for weight/resistance training, having trained himself and others to compete in powerlifting competitions, and understands what is needed to execute these movements safely and effectively.
Dylan can create a program specific to your goals and help maximise what you get out of the gym (or home), while also considering any injuries you may have. He will teach you how to correctly perform each exercise and movement to prevent injury or aggravation, and he will monitor and adjust your program to help you progress and reach your goals.
Dylan also runs our small group strength classes Thursdays at 5:40pm. Click here for more info.