Resistance training is one of the pillars of exercise that is essential for overall health and fitness as well as for athletic performance. Typically, resistance training is referred to as weight training or “lifting.” Resistance training is much more than just biceps curls and shoulder presses with dumbbells. This entry briefly discusses the body's adaptations to resistance training, as well as the sources of resistance that the body may use.

Resistance Training Adaptations

Resistance training adaptations are both acute and chronic. Acute responses to resistance training occur primarily in the ...

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