The Major Health Benefits of Lifting Weights

What Is Strength Training?

Strength training is a type of exercise intended to help increase muscular strength to enable the body to perform daily tasks, prevent injury and improve overall health. Strength training is one of four types of exercise—in addition to flexibility, endurance and balance—and consists of exercises like push-ups, pull-ups and lifting weights.

“Strength training can consist of various techniques, including machine-based training, free weights, plyometrics and complex and functional training, such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and sprint interval training (SIT),” says Marc Matarazzo, M.D., a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and related injuries at The Center for Bone and Joint Surgery of the Palm Beaches in Florida.