High-intensity strength training (HIST) is a very specific and intense form of strength training. It’s common to confuse this method with high-intensity interval training (HIIT), but they are not the same!
Research shows that these high-intensity training exercises are quite beneficial in burning calories, maintaining and increasing muscle tissue, but the percentage of people following such a routine is marginal and numbers decrease further with age. With 22.4% of young Americans physically inactive, it’s important to know the benefits of this type of exercise. Another study found that those who did strength training one to two times per week were associated with 41-47% reduction in all-cause mortality.
The major benefits of high-intensity strength training include:
High-intensity strength training will improve your body composition and reduce fat by building lean mass. After which, the cells repair themselves, growing stronger, especially when combined with a sound nutritional approach.
The more you exercise, the more pressure you put on your bones. This can help you achieve peak bone mass, which is maximum bone density and strength.
The harder you train, the more your body becomes accustomed to certain workout regimes enhancing its capability of oxygen uptake, which increases your endurance.
High-intensity workout makes your muscle flexible and stronger, reducing your chances of injury when performing everyday activities.
HIST training workout increases metabolic rate, using fat as fuel while burning muscle glycogen from your body, helping you lose weight.
There isn’t a “best” high-intensity strength training exercise. Your trainer will guide you on some basic and common exercises that have been around for decades and are effective. You will need some patience, persistence, and practice. Moving slowly and thoughtfully will also be key to getting the most out of your workout.
With Living Proof NYC’s temperature-controlled studio, you will not break a sweat while performing your workout routines. Our highly-skilled strength professionals use an evidence-based approach to create a customized workout plan for every individual to help them achieve their goals. Schedule a free intro session and consultation to start your fitness journey today!