You have the ability to shape your own body.
We all have muscles no matter how weak or frail you might feel right now. Without muscles we wouldn't be able to move around, take care of ourselves and we'd soon perish so the muscle system is one of the most important physiological systems in our body that often doesn't get the credit and care that it truly deserves...
Building more muscle is always a good thing whether your are young, old, male or female (by building muscle I'm not necessarily talking about getting jacked but if that's your goal then great, I can help you get jacked!). It is a big misconception, especially amongst women, that resistance/weight training will bulk you up and make you look like a female version of Arnie. This couldn't be further from the truth so let's put this myth to bed once and for all... the picture below shows a great example of how your body will look when only performing cardio exercise vs when performing weight training (it's the same girl by the way). If you want a butt you've gotta train it! That involves squatting, lunging and deadlifting to name but a few (no pun intended).
Having said all that, building more muscle isn't just about looking good, it's about increasing your longevity and quality of life as you age...
By the time you're in your 70's, your muscle strength and tone will have declined by roughly 25 percent from what you had in your mid-30's.
You'll lose up to 50 percent once you approach your 90's!
Light walking will not suffice if you want to preserve muscle, bone health, balance and posture as you age. If you're not engaging in strength or resistance training, chances are you'll become increasingly less functional with age, which can take a toll on your quality of life and reduce your life expectancy.
The benefits of building more muscle tissue through a well structured resistance training program are:
1. Increased life expectancy
2. Improved physical strength and endurance
3. Increases in joint range of motion, mobility and flexibility
4. Reduced occurrences of back pain
5. Increased bone mineral density and reduced risk of osteoporosis
6. Increased capacity to store more energy, within the muscles
7. Increased insulin sensitivity (or reduced insulin resistance/Type 2 diabetes)
8. Aesthetically sculpting the body to enhance the natural curves of the body
9. Increased metabolism; the more muscle you have the more energy your body burns at rest
10. Improved balance, coordination and motor skills
11. Improved posture
"Despite the amount of time I was dedicating to exercise I wasn't achieving the results I wanted. My first session involved an overall analysis. The session was very detailed to enable Ryan to tailor a programme that would target my 'problem areas'. My sessions with Ryan would focus on free weights to also target specific areas I was unhappy with. Every week the sessions became harder and more advanced, it was tough, but the results were well worth it. At the end of the 4 week programme I was so happy with the results. I felt stronger, fitter and much more toned!"*