Resistance equipment

The type of exercise will depend on both the equipment and space available. Resistance bands and dumbbells are easily accessible and allow for a gradual progression in resistance or weight. Method of delivery can be either circuit-type group sessions or delivered by the exercise leader where the class performs the same exercise. Caution should be used for those with balance or grip problems who may drop weights.

RE can be performed using exercise mats on the floor. All floor exercises should be carried out together, as interspersing standing and floor exercises can increase the risk of venous pooling. This may also cause a sudden increase in preload and end diastolic volume which may lead to angina and arrhythmias (ACSM, 2001). Some patients may have difficulty getting up and down from the floor, which may have implications for the rest period between each circuit. Additionally, there may be a risk of orthostatic hypotension when returning to an upright posture (ACSM, 2001).

The use of multi-gym weight training is widely recommended, but can be an expensive option. Weight machines maintain equilibrium, ensure the movement plane is well controlled and have easily altered resistance. This mode of resistance training may be useful for those with balance difficulties because the machines provide support.

Prior to participating in RE patients should have an induction session. This is important to ensure safety. The induction should include advice and demonstration on positioning, moving and handling, and setting the resistance at the prescribed level. During all types of resistance training patients should be advised to avoid excess gripping and breath holding to help prevent valsalva. This advice should also be discussed in relation to heavy household or lifting tasks that are carried out at home or elsewhere.

The Basics Of Body Building

The Basics Of Body Building

Bodybuilding is the process of developing muscle fibers through various techniques. It is achieved through muscle conditioning, weight training, increased calorie intake, and resting your body as it repairs and heals itself, before restarting your workout routine.

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