Fitness instructor Scott Keppel shares what form of resistance training is best and how a woman knows what form is best for her.
Fitness Instructor Scott Keppel:
As far as what type of weight training or resistance training is better for each individual, it's similar to the cardio, whatever you’re going to do. Machines are great for some individuals, they’re safe, they’re easy, you pull the pin out, you put the pin in. If you can’t get the rep up, the worst thing that’s going to happen is the weight’s going to crash down; it’s not going to land on you.
However, the disadvantage of machines is they are not made for everyone. So those individuals that are little bigger, a little taller, a little shorter, they are going to have a harder time with that. As far as free weights, those are great because they help you to work more stabilization muscles. You have to stabilize those dumbbells, that free bar, whatever it may be.
So you’re going to recruit more muscles. However, there you run into the form and not being able to keep the proper form like a machine. If you do a chest press machine, it’s only going to go one way. So, if you have the experience, I definitely think doing free weights is beneficial.
Now we have resistant bands out there. Those are another great tool for individuals looking to get into exercise or those that travel. They’re cheap, they’re easy to pack, you can do them at home, you can do them anywhere. So for an individual just starting out or one that’s on the road all the time, those are a great tool, but if you can, I would combine all three.
I would do machines, I would do free weights, I would do bands, your own body weight even. You can even grab bags and put soup cans in them and do movements using that. So there’s really nothing you can’t use for yourself. It’s just a matter of what you’re going to do. The bands again, they tend to be a little easier.
So those individuals that are more advanced are going to find that a band workout, one, they’re going to get bored because there’s only so many movements you can do, and two, the resistance only goes so heavy. So they are going to have to turn to something a little different, but for that woman, just starting off, kind of intimidated going to a gym, which can be an intimidating place, I would go to a local sporting goods store, order them online, get some bands, start off with those, and it’s going to be safer and more effective than going into a gym and not using that membership.
About Fitness Instructor Scott Keppel:
Scott Keppel has been part of the fitness industry for over 14 years. Now the proud owner of Scott's Training Systems, Scott has taken his vision to the next level. He is keeping true to his philosophy of empowering every client, so they can achieve not only their fitness goals, but their personal and professional one’s in a safe and effective manner. STS has evolved from a one-time Trainer of the Year at Bally Total Fitness to his garage (taking 19 of 21 clients with him) to an 800 square foot studio and now two studios each over 1300 square feet and a following like no other. Scott is a well respected fitness instructor that has been featured in both national and local media and was the winning trainer for channel 3's weight loss challenge each of the 3 years it was held. He later created their first fitness challenge. He is a lifetime natural competitor who has trained dozens of clients for bodybuilding, figure, and fitness competitions, a number of which have placed in the top five and several who have won overalls! He is also certified in pre/post natal training and has trained many women to term.
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