Phoenix Mercury strength & conditioning coach Ben Hadley explains why women need to engage in resistance training.
Maybe we don’t spend enough time talking about the benefits of resistance training for women. When we say ‘resistance training’ what we mean is training with weight, training under resistance and it can be your own body’s resistance as well, things like dumb bell bicep curls or shoulder presses or even pushups would be some examples of resistance training.
Resistance training not only places a stress on the muscles, but also on the tendons, the ligaments and the bones that you are working. This is tremendously important because that stress stimulates the body to calcify and strengthen the tissue itself.
Also resistance training is very beneficial in elevating metabolism. When you put stress and strain on tissues it takes longer for those tissues to recover. While those tissues are recovering, you are in elevated metabolism.
About Ben Hadley:
Strength and conditioning coach Ben Hadley is in his fourth season with the Mercury administering strength and performance training as well as preventative therapy. Hadley joined the Mercury with a wealth of experience in strength training including the owner of Sgt. Hadley’s Fitness Boot Camp. Prior to joining the Mercury he spent four years with the Marine Corps as a physical fitness trainer and martial arts instructor. He has also spent four years as an exercise and wellness student at Arizona State University.