This is important information since heart disease is still the #1 cause of death in America. A year long study conducted at West Virginia Hospital tested the effects of weight training on cholesterol in adults. The results showed a 5% decrease in total cholesterol level and maybe more importantly, a 5% decrease in the non-high density lipids (the bad ones) due to subjectsí participation in a resistance training program.
This is great news but comes with some stipulations. There is of course a certain level of exercise required, for both traditional aerobic exercise and for weight training, to achieve the cholesterol lowering effects and these recommendations were not clearly outlined in this study. However, Empower Personal Training recommends getting about an hour of physical activity most days of the week (6-7 times per week). If you are having a hard time achieving this level or need some help designing a program that will work for you please contact us to set up a FREE initial consultation and let one of our professional trainers help you get started.