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Strength Training vs. Resistance Training

Is there any difference? Is using resistance bands the same as weight training (using dumbells)? How about sit-ups and push-ups?

I ask because they say you should strenghth train every other day to rest your muscles. Sorry it this is a silly question, but I'm a nubie at this.

Thu. Oct 5, 6:59am

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They do work your muscles a bit differently. Here is a link to an article comparing them.


Thursday, October 05, 2006, 8:55 AM

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Great article. Very informative. Thanks!

Thursday, October 05, 2006, 9:12 AM

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strength training vs resistance training

dumbells work much better because they help work the muscles in a wider variety of ways. Resistance tends to be more linear and isolates muscles.

Thursday, October 04, 2007, 5:14 PM

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Strength training using dumb bells, resistance bands, gym machines, other free weights--all work muscles to build up strength. Even your own body resistance (for instance, in a plank or a push up) provides enough resistance to building muscle. When the muscle is worked repetitively (like in a set of 15) it gets fatigued. A large part of that fatigue is that small tears are made in the muscle as you work it. The day off is to rebuild those muscle tears. Your body builds more muscle to fill in the tears, causing your muscles to grow bigger (not much at any one time, but over time, considerable growth can happen) so your body firms up. Think on folding your fingers together, then pulling them apart halfway. Those spaces betwen your fingers are like the mini-tears in the muscles after a strength workout. Then your muscle cells rebuild into those mini-tear spaces. Your skin becomes more elastic as you strength train. Usually, you can do upper body/abs/back one day, legs/butt/lower abs the next day, and back to the upper body. Prevention, Fitness, and other magazine web sites have lots of exercises to try and videos so you get visual information on how to do it right. Do them slowly, do complete sets, keep your weight lower on your dumbbells (as you build, add weight) and you will see changes.

Plus--the good news--is that the more muscle you have on your bod, the higher your metabolism stays and more calories are burned to maintain muscle strength and elasticity. Supposedly, your metabolism will stay higher for up to 4 hours after a workout.

Thursday, October 04, 2007, 7:36 PM

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Resistance Bands and Strength Training

this should not be a vs thing. You want to work your muscles in as many ways as possible. You want to use free weights, you want to do bodyweight exercise and you want to do resistance training.

Resistance training works your muscles extremely well btw. And you want to get the right system. We have been testing bodylastics and are getting a video up on this page to show you how it works:


Monday, March 23, 2009, 9:17 AM

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