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Strength Training: The Basics

The strength training basics section provides information on the benefits of strength training, types of strength, neuro-muscular coordination and strength, types of muscle contractions and types of strength training.

The Benefits of Strength Training

Strength training has a number of benefits including: enhanced muscle strength, improved muscle tone, improved muscular endurance, improved metabolism/metabolic rate, increased bone density, better maintenance of muscle mass

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Different Types of Strength

There are a number of different types/measures of strength including: general strength, specific strength, maximum strength, concentric strength, eccentric strength, static isometric strength, muscular endurance/strength endurance, power, absolute strength, and relative strength

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Neuromuscular Co-ordination and Strength

Neuromuscular coordination relates to the efficiency of the nervous system in the recruitment of a muscle or group of muscles during physical activity. It works on two levels: 1) Intra-Muscular Coordination, 2) Inter-Muscular Coordination

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Types of muscle contractions

 There are five main types of muscle contraction: dynamic muscule contractions, eccentric muscule contractions, concentric muscle contractions, isometric muscle contractions, isokinetic muscle contractions.

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Types of strength training

There are five main types of strength training including maximum strength training, power development training, muscle building/muscle hypertrophy training, muscular endurance training, muscle toning.

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