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Weights: It’s Resistance Training Time

Gixo is excited to announce we’re launching new resistance training classes with weights! (And we promise we’ll make it worth the weight — wink, wink!) While we stand by the huge benefits to body-weight training, once you’ve mastered moves like squats, lunges, and other large muscle groups it’s time to step up your game. And that means adding some resistance.

Weight Options

The body is extremely adaptable and efficient. So in order to continue improving your strength — especially in your lower body — you’re going to want to add an external load. While you can invest in dumbbells (some great options include metal/rubber, neoprene, or adjustable weight dumbbells), kettlebells, or a barbell, you can also get started with heavy symmetrical household objects like cans or water bottles.

Dispelling Bodybuilder Myths

When it comes to adding weights, almost everyone asks… am I going to get bulky? The short and long answer is no. Creating the extreme hypertrophy bodybuilders and other types of elite level athletes achieve requires a very intensive and specific training program. Even lifting heavy weights will not lead to bulky muscles, so don’t worry about loading up. And prepare to be impressed with your newfound strength.

Benefits of Resistance Training

When it comes to the benefits of resistance training, the list is long. Not only will you gain strength to help you perform necessary daily functions as you age, but resistance training also helps prevent osteoporosis and reduce low-back pain. New research also suggests adding resistance to your routine positively affects insulin resistance, resting metabolic rate, glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and body fat. And while it may seem like you need to hit the gym for these kinds of results, studies say otherwise. In fact, with as little as 1-to-2 strength training sessions a week, you will reap these benefits — as long as you’re sure to hit all the major muscle groups.

Live Workouts with Weights

So what do you say we do this? Gixo now has 15-minute, 25-minute, and 40-minute resistance training classes. And in each of them, we’ll be targeting all the major muscle groups so you get in that solid, benefit-heavy resistance strength training as part of your comprehensive fitness routine.

See you in class!

 

Not sure what dumbbells to use?  Here are a few options at different price points:

Metal and Rubber Dumbbells

Neoprene Dumbbells

Adjustable Weight Dumbbells

Don’t have a set of weights yet? Try out a class using soup cans or water bottles.