Why Resistance Coaching is Vital for Well being and Longevity

It’s possible you’ll know that within the final 12 months Lauryn has gotten tremendous into weight coaching. It’s one thing she by no means pictured herself doing. She’s all the time been a Pilates lady, however since transferring to Austin, discovering Brent Hruska and lifting heavy, she’s observed such a distinction in her physique. Lauryn nonetheless loves Kim Kelly’s courses, Melissa Wood Health and Pilates however including weights has been a sport changer.

Immediately we now have Claire Bays on the weblog to provide us much more causes to get into weights and resistance coaching. Claire is a coach and well being coach who Lauryn met at a nail salon not too long ago. After an incredible dialog and seeing Claire’s killer bod, Lauryn invited her on the weblog to share tangible suggestions for remodeling your physique, plus a exercise you are able to do at house in 15 minutes.

With that, let’s welcome Claire to The Skinny Confidential.


What’s up cuties? My title is Claire Bays. I’m a 30 12 months previous sober gal in restoration, dwelling in Austin, TX – aka, the wellness mecca of the South.  I’m a motion, mindset and vitamin coach by means of my app, host of the podcast Conversations with Claire and the writer of Thrive and Shine, a free weekly publication.

I grew up in “small city” Oklahoma. I didn’t play sports activities and was raised on fried hen and ranch dressing (you realize, the deep fried in “canola-blend” oil and the illegible ingredient record ranch dressing). We rarely ate at house and should you would have referred to a “macronutrient” I wouldn’t have had a rattling clue WHAT you had been referring to.

Rising up, my sister was overweight from elementary faculty on and my father was morbidly overweight. By the point I graduated highschool I began to realize weight. I wasn’t prepared to just accept weight problems as my path, so I obtained curious. Quick ahead 12 years and I now maintain a handful of certifications inside the private coaching/vitamin/teaching area. I’ve had an insatiable urge for food for optimizing wellness ever since.

That being mentioned, I’m right here as we speak to let you know why RESISTANCE TRAINING is so vital for well being and longevity. Let’s get into it!

A number of the reason why resistance coaching ought to be a precedence for you, after which some tangible instruments for how you can incorporate this into your routine.

Why Resistance Coaching is Vital for Well being and Longevity

♡ Will increase Energy. Ladies start to lose 3-8% of muscle tissue, on common, each decade after their 30’s. Energy is a key indicator of vitality.

♡ Improve Bone Density. If we wish to reside lengthy and vibrant lives, this could matter to us.

♡ Boosts Metabolism. We like to see this. 

♡ Improves Physique Composition. You already know, these shapes we like. The “hourglass” versus the “skinny-fat” look.

♡ Enhances Cardiovascular Well being. Once more, in order for you an extended, vibrant life.

♡ Improves Insulin Sensitivity thus reduces the chance of kind 2 diabetes.

♡ Reduces danger of power illness comparable to coronary heart illness, stroke, and most cancers.

♡ Enhances Psychological Well being. Reduces stress/nervousness & will increase shallowness by means of the empowerment that comes from having the self-discipline to point out up for you and turn into sturdy.

♡ Improves total QUALITY OF LIFE!

Tangible Instruments & Suggestions:

Beneath are a few of the issues I give attention to with shoppers and myself.

♡ Deal with Posterior Chain:

This implies the again of your physique together with your glutes, hamstrings, again and shoulders. We reside in a ahead movement world, and most of the people have weak posterior chains. Specializing in strengthening the backs of your shoulders, your complete again, your glutes (we’ll speak extra about these), and hamstrings will enhance your posture.


Not solely do we wish perky juicy booties as a result of we love the best way they appear… however they’re extremely useful. I encourage you to give attention to resistance coaching workouts to your glutes twice per week. Listed below are just a few workouts to include: Hip thrusts, break up squats & lunges, abduction workouts (these goal the gluteus medius – which is that higher outer portion of the glute that we could not even know we like… however she’s fairly!), and kickbacks.

♡ 2:1 Ratio of Pulling to Pushing Workouts:

When doing all of your resistance coaching, I encourage you to do 2x as a lot pulling as you do pushing. (Suppose rowing and pull down workouts vs bench and shoulder press workouts.)

♡ Purpose to Resistance Practice 3-4 instances a Week:

Doing roughly 8 to 10 workouts for 3 to 4 units with various rep ranges is an effective way to get outcomes. I encourage you to do that factor we wish to name progressive overload – which simply signifies that you deliberately go heavier week over week or do extra repetitions with the identical weights. 

*A standard argument towards resistance coaching with heavier weights is the worry of changing into cumbersome. Right here’s the deal, I DARE you to even attempt to get cumbersome. Constructing muscle is such a sluggish course of and one which requires intentionality, consistency and a great deal of persistence. You gained’t get up at some point and have grown considerably in dimension. That’s simply not the way it works, so I wouldn’t fear an excessive amount of about that.

Grip energy is a key marker of vitality and mortality. There was a whole lot of analysis completed on grip energy and its relation to total well being. With the ability to maintain and carry heavy objects is one thing we must always all work in the direction of. A simple method to incorporate this into your resistance coaching program is to do workouts with dumbbells or kettlebells held at your sides and even carrying them for distances.

Right here’s a fast exercise concept you should utilize anyplace, anytime:

The EMOM construction. You possibly can simply get a really difficult exercise completed in as little as quarter-hour with this construction. Choose as much as 5 actions and cycle by means of the actions for 15-Half-hour relying in your health stage and time you will have out there. I might set the clock and at the start of each minute I might do one motion for 0:45 and relaxation/transition to the subsequent motion for 0:15. Repeat this as you undergo the actions for the rest of the time you chose. Right here is an instance exercise:

15 min EMOM: (work 0:45/relaxation 0:15)

1 – Again Step Lunges

2 – Burpees

3 – Banded Lateral Steps/Hip Thrust March

4 – Quadruped Rigidity Maintain 

5 – Bent Over Row/Bent Over A-T-Y’s

Alright, I believe that’s a superbly ample quantity of data to hopefully present some training round how you can go about this factor and why it’s so vital.

Right here’s the half I wish to go away you with: I wish to remind you simply how succesful you might be. Being uncomfortable is an excellent place to be. In search of methods to increase your capability is so fulfilling. Resistance coaching is a behavior – and one that you could construct after which construct upon. I might like to be a useful resource to you farther from right here and would love nothing greater than to listen to from you.

Whether or not you’re in search of recommendation particular to your scenario or simply on the lookout for some inspo – please sustain with me on socials. I imply it after I say I WANT to speak to you. Creating content material is such a chance nevertheless it’ll by no means evaluate to really having actual conversations. So DM me, get entangled in my teaching program (the place I write your customized exercise and meal plans AND coach you instantly with entry to a non-public neighborhood we’ve constructed.)

Lastly, thanks a lot to your time. Thanks for taking the time to teach your self and pour into your individual journey. You’re past succesful and worthy of a vibrant life.


You should definitely try Claire on IG at @clairebays for tons of inspo and suggestions. Hope you really liked this submit and that it motivated you to begin lifting some weights. As we mentioned, Lauryn swears by it nowadays.

G2G, off to raise.

x, The Skinny Confidential workforce

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