Strength Training

Strength training (often used interchangeably with “resistance training”) is the process of stressing the body (usually with weights, resistance bands, or the bodyweight) to increase a muscle’s size, strength, and/or endurance [1].

This kind of exercise triggers beneficial responses in the muscles and bones, as well as the hormonal and nervous systems. Regular strength training, combined with sufficient time to rest between sessions, can also reduce the risk of chronic disease and slow the effects of aging[2].

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Strength Training Resources from Greatist
20 Reasons to Start Strength Training
20 Ways to Kickstart Your Strength Training

Strength Training for Runners

What’s the key to staying injury-free? Running coach Jason Fitzgerald breaks down why strength training is so important for runners, the best exercises, and how to fit a resistance routine into a busy schedule.

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There aren’t many fitness topics as controversial as this one question: Is it bad to work out on an empty stomach? Here, Greatist dismantles some old myths, once and for all.

If spending hours in the gym each week seems a bit unrealistic, consider these scientifically-backed tips to hack your way to a better workout — fast!

82 Push-up Variations
This humble bodyweight exercise is one of the most versatile and effective out there! Check out our list of 82 (that’s right, 82) different push-ups for beginners, bodyweight bosses, and everyone in between.
Proper deadlift form can be tough to master, but don't let that keep you from adding this total-body strength move to your routine. Read on for our guide to deadlifting (plus awesome variations you need to know).
Pre-Date Night Workout Plan
This quick workout is specifically designed to tighten the skin and make your upper body appear more defined — for one night only. Male or female, it's the perfect plan before a special night out (or in).


No gym membership? Not a problem. Here are 50 bodyweight exercises that can be done (almost) anywhere — no equipment required.

Drop the dumbbells. Here are 22 kettlebell exercises that’ll give the whole body a killer workout.

If you’re on-the-go, tight on time, or short on space, get in a great workout with these resistance band exercises. Read on for 33 sure-fire moves that will work the entire body.

Anyone can fit in some cardio without hopping on a machine. Check out these 35 cardio-based strength exercises that’ll pump up the heart rate without running for miles.

Have the balls to try something new? Ditching machines for medicine balls can work the whole body — without the fuss. Here are 25 moves to get the ball rolling on any fitness goal.

Renowned strength coach Dan John examines our conceptions of health & fitness. Enjoy this article, adapted from his upcoming book and available exclusively on Greatist.


Works Cited

  1. The influence of frequency, intensity, volume and mode of strength training on whole muscle cross-sectional area in humans. Wernbom, M., Augustsson, J., Thomee, R. Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Goteborg, Sweden. Sports Medicine. 2007;37(3):225-64.
  2. Resistance training is medicine: effects of strength training on health. Westcott, W.L. Department of Exercise Science, Quincy College, Quincy, MA. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2012 Jul-Aug;11(4):209-16.