Saturday 21 October 2017

Siobhan Byrne: Don't ever give up on strength training

7 November 2012; PUMA ambassador and personal trainer Siobhan Byrne. John Player Factory, South Circular Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
7 November 2012; PUMA ambassador and personal trainer Siobhan Byrne. John Player Factory, South Circular Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Siobhan Byrne

Do you ever wonder why diet and exercise are a multi billion-euro industry worldwide? Simply because people want the dream of being in the best shape of their lives but one thing that is forgotten is the hard work and determination that goes into being the best you can be.

We have all seen those people with the determination of a small army when it comes to training, even in your day-to-day life, from the runner that gets up at the crack of dawn to get that early morning run in before work, to the person who cycles that long route home no matter what the weather.

Giving up is easy but the fun and the challenge in getting into great shape is pushing through when you don't want to train. Over the last few months I have discussed how motivation plays a key role in your training but it is only one factor.

Strength training is, to me, the holy grail of training. If you have a reasonably good body shape to begin with it will add tone and definition and shape the body allowing you to enjoy the good life to a small degree while at the same time maintaining a good shape.

Knowledge, or lack of, can be one of the biggest reasons people give up, and without knowledge it is unfair to think that you will mould your body to that 'perfect shape'.

Don't be under the misconception that because something works for one person it will work for you. However, I have never found anybody who has not achieved a good result when sticking to clean eating habits along with at least a two-day strength-training programme. Certain people prefer heavy weights with lower reps and long rest periods, while others prefer lighter weights with higher reps and less rest periods.

Again this all leads back to knowledge and understanding what is best for the individual.

Reasons to strength train

Injury prevention

Muscle burns calories unlike fat

You can get more out of a 20 minute weight training session than a 20 minute Muscle Tone

Great for bone density

Time efficient

Reasons you mightn't achieve results

You break the habit of training

You don't do a strength training programme suitable for you

The time you train doesn't suit you

You don't challenge yourself

You lack motivation

Tips to help you keep up strength training and achieve results

Ascertain your needs

Learn from someone who knows

Form a habit

Make time to train

Find someone to train with

Challenge yourself with weights, inch loss and weight loss, whatever your needs are

Get the right nutrition advice for you.

Twitter: @Mrsbodybyrne

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