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Health and Fitness Industry Trends: Predictions for 2018

Health and Fitness Industry Trends

Trends often come and go with time, and now that we are nearing the end of 2017, it is time to take a look at the health and fitness industry trends for 2018. Some may have become big in 2017, predicted to still remain big in the new year while others are new.

Take a look at some of the 2018 health and fitness industry trends to see what is up and coming.

Health and Fitness Industry Trends: Training

Strength Training

There has been a movement towards strength training, especially targeted towards females. More women are including strength training into their gym routine now that the message that “weight doesn’t make you bulky”, is finally hitting home.

This is a great shift in mentality and one that hopefully continues to grow.

Health and Fitness Industry Trends: Technology

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is nothing new and this is a trend that is not going away anytime soon. Thanks to devices such as the FitBit, Garmin and Apple Watch, people have been adopting these devices to help them with their health and fitness. Also onboard are heart rate monitors that help to measure your heart rate during a session. This way, you will know whether you are working hard enough or slacking off just a little bit.

Mobile Apps

As we always carry our smartphones with us everywhere, it is no surprise that one of the 2018 health and fitness industry trends have to do with mobile apps.

Mobile apps help to make logging your training easier, which is what makes them so popular. These apps, like Jefit, take the hard work out of tracking your session so you can spend all your time and energy actually working out.

While each app differs in what they offer, Jefit, for example, provides users with an extensive exercise library, ability to record sets and reps, and access to a supportive online community.

Health and Fitness Industry Trends: Recovery

Cryotherapy

More and more emphasis is being placed on recovery. This is really great because the harder you train, the more time you need to spend on rest and recovery.

Cryotherapy is becoming more popular as the benefits are being heard throughout the health and fitness industry.

This non-invasive treatment works by enveloping your entire body in fine nitrogen mist at low temperatures – sub-zero – in a chamber. It could be anywhere between -100°C or -200°C. You spend approximately 3 minutes in there.

This will increase the blood flow around your body to your internal organs, boost metabolism, aid in muscle repair, and relieve inflammation and joint pain.

The multiple benefits show why Cryotherapy is one of the up and coming health and fitness industry trends for 2018.

Infrared Sauna

If the thought of spending time in a freezing cold chamber isn’t for you, then another trend that you may consider is the infrared sauna. Compared to traditional saunas in which the air around you is heated up, which in turn, heats your body, the infrared sauna uses infrared to directly warm your body.

The appeal of the sauna, infrared and traditional, is that it gets your heart pumping, your body sweating and relieves muscle pain and soreness. It also stimulates blood flow around the body, and this increased circulation means that you will recover faster after an intense workout.

Health and Fitness Industry Trends: Diet

The other half of being healthy is what you eat. As the old saying goes, “you can’t out train a bad diet”, so more people are focusing on not only what they do but what they consume.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting was one of the biggest trends this year, and its popularity will still continue to rise in 2018. It refers to a cycle of fasting and non-fasting periods.

While there are different types of intermittent fasting, some more extreme than others, the advantages of this eating pattern is said to help with weight loss and gain muscle.

Here are two of the popular intermittent fasting methods:

Leangains

This is where people fast for 14-16 hours a day and have an eating window of 8-10 hours. It doesn’t matter when you eat, as long as you stick to the fasting and non-fasting rule.

The common non-fasting times are between noon and 8 pm. People tend to find it easier to fast throughout the night and morning. During the fasting times, you cannot consume any calories. Some exceptions include black coffee or tea and sugar free gum.

The Warrior Diet

A more extreme version involves a fasting window of 20 hours and an eating period of 4 hours. This eating pattern sees people usually only eating one huge meal a day.

While intermittent fasting may not work for everyone, the results so far have seen it become one of the health and industry trends for 2018.

IIFYM

Another way to help with the food part of being healthy is IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros). While it is similar to calorie counting, it refers specifically to three main macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat.

Everyone has their own individual macro count, depending on factors such as how much they exercise, the intensity level of their exercise, and how sedentary or active they are throughout the day.

The popularity of this eating lifestyle is that it gives people flexibility. People are able to eat all the junk that they want, as long as it fits their macros. It is, of course, recommended that you still stick to mostly healthy, unprocessed food. What the flexibility does, is it takes away the guilt that some people may experience by having a sneaky chocolate bar here and there. If it fits your macros, then it is good to go.

These are the health and fitness industry trends that you may see growing in 2018. Some emerged onto the scene previously and are still rising in popularity. Others are just starting to gain momentum now. Do you think that we predicted right?

What predictions do you have for the health and fitness industry trends 2017? Leave us a comment below, we would love to know!

The Secret to Better Training? Improve Grip Strength

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One of the most overlooked areas of strength in training is grip strength. However, your grip strength can really make a huge difference in your workout and everyday life. It may seem like a small thing but it is these little details that can really enhance your training.

Why Should You Improve Grip Strength?

Grip strength is said to be a good indicator of overall body strength, muscular endurance as well as heart health. The stronger your grip strength, the lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Not only that but working on improving this area can also prevent further injuries to your wrist and elbow. This is especially important to those who play sports that involve a lot of hand movements such as climbing, tennis (tennis elbow) or golf (golfers elbow).

Does your grip tend to give out first?

Weak grip strength can also become a limiting factor in training, especially strength training. If you have a weak grip, then you may find that your grip fails during an exercise even if you are capable of doing more. For example, while you have the arm strength to do another pull-up, your grip strength may prevent you from doing this, or if you can do another deadlift, your hands may fatigue before your legs/back first.

Three Grip Types and Exercises to Improve Grip Strength

There are three grip types: crush grip, pinch grip and support grip. To improve grip strength and have a well-rounded grip, it is important to practice exercises that involve all three.

Crush Grip

This is what people usually think of when they hear the word “grip”. It involves the area between your palm and fingers – think of a handshake.

Exercises to improve crush grip strength:

Use hand strengthening devices – There is an array of hand strengthening devices on the market that you can use that are relatively cheap as well.

You can use hand grippers or even a stress ball. Squeeze and hold for a few seconds before releasing. This is an easy and simple exercise that you can do while at your desk or even watching TV.

Pinch Grip

This grip refers to the hold between your fingers and thumb. It typically does not involve the palm.

Exercises to improve pinch grip strength:

Plate Pinch – Rest two weighted plates together on the floor between your finger and thumb. Pick it up while you stand up, with your elbows slightly bent. Hold the plates for as long as you can before putting it gently back on the ground.

Plate Orbit – Hold two weighted plates together in the pinch grip. Pass the plate to your other hand in front of your body and then vice versa, this time behind your body in a clockwise direction, then change directions. You can gradually increase the weight or number of plates as your grip strength improves.

Sandbag Deadlifts – Use a commercial sandbag or make your own by filling a duffle bag with sand. Then try to pick it up like you are doing a deadlift. The key here is to not use the handles; pinch the material instead.

Support Grip

The support grip is the form your hand takes when you are holding something like a grocery bag.

Exercises to improve support grip strength:

Farmer’s Carry – This involves picking up and holding on weights with both hands (one on each side) and walking from point A to point B. This may sound easy but if you lift heavy weights, you will definitely feel it. You can use different equipment such as dumbbells or kettlebells.

Dead Hang – Hold onto a pull-up bar and hang until your grip fails. Make sure that your arms are straight.

Varied pull-ups – Doing pull-ups can really help improve grip strength, especially as you are using your entire body for this exercise, naturally adding weight. Try changing your grips so you can exercise different parts of your hand. You can also try thumbless pull-ups, add a weighted belt or hold a dumbbell between your legs.

Our wrists and forearms become weaker when the object we are holding has a larger width, so you should try to use a thicker bar for these exercises. If there is only a thin bar available, then try wrapping your towel around it.

Don’t Wear Gloves

Another thing that you should know is that if you want to improve grip strength, you should not wear gloves. Yes, you will get callouses on your hands and your skin will go hard but it is the best way to enhance strength in your hands and toughen your skin.

Grip strength is such an integral component in training even though gym goers tend to overlook it. But now that you know how important it is and how to improve grip strength, you may be able to see changes in your training for the better!

Jefit is a gym workout app that helps all gym goers and athletes keep on track with their fitness goals. It has the largest exercise library complete with free workout routines to help mix up your training. It also gives you the ability to update and share your workout log with the supportive community. With Jefit on your phone, you will be able to share your grip training progress with your fellow gym goers!

Have you used these exercises to improve grip strength? How has increasing your grip strength enhanced your training? Leave us a comment below, we would love to know!

Gym Rules and Regulations: How to Follow Proper Gym Etiquette

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The gym is a great place to meet like-minded people who are there for the same reasons you are – to work out and feel good. However, like most places, there are gym rules and regulations that should be followed. If you are new to the gym or need a reminder, here is a list of things that you should adhere to, for the benefit of all gym goers.

Proper Gym Etiquette: Learn the Gym Rules and Regulations

1. Use a Towel and Wipe Down Equipment

One of the best things about going to the gym is having a sweaty workout that leaves you feeling good. What feels less good, is if other members have to use a machine after you to find that it is covered in sweat.

While sweating can’t be avoided, there are some things that you can do to minimize the damage. Use a towel and lay it on the machine. This way, the towel can absorb most of the residue.

Also do a quick wipe down of the equipment afterwards as well. Most gyms will also have paper towels and spray hanging around the gym so put them to good use.

This will definitely keep all gym goers happy and keep the hygiene levels up.

2. Don’t Hog the Machines

A gym can only have so many machines. If the gym is empty or no one is waiting for you to finish your set, then go ahead and spend as much time on it as you want. However, sometimes, you may want to use a machine at the same time as another member and vice versa.

One of the unspoken gym rules and regulations, in this case, is to not be a machine hog.

There usually won’t be a set time limit for each machine that you have to adhere to but be mindful that other people may be waiting.

While I am not suggesting that you cut your sets or workout short, a recommendation to work around this, especially during busy peak times, is to have somebody “work in” with you. Let someone else use the machine during your rest time. Then swap.

This way, neither of you are waiting for the equipment or feel rushed to finish your sets because someone else is waiting.

It is time efficient, not to mention great gym etiquette to help your fellow gym goers out.

3. Put Away Your Equipment

A common gym rule that people should follow, and unfortunately do not, is to put away all the equipment that you use.

It is just courtesy to help contribute and keep the gym neat and tidy and put things back where they belong. Not only that, when other members want to use something, they know exactly where it is and won’t have to search for it because you’ve left it out.

When it comes to putting away your equipment, also make sure that it is in the right order. For example, if you are using dumbbells, put the 20kg where it should be, and not where the 5kg dumbbells are.

4. Use Deodorant

Speaking of hygiene, it is best to come prepared with the gym and use deodorant. This point is pretty self-explanatory, but it is well worth mentioning on this list and will be beneficial to both you and your fellow gym goers.

5. Keep Your Gym Bag Off the Floor

Most gyms have lockers or space for you to store your gym bag and other items. For the sake of other gym members, use them.

This way, you are not leaving your personal belongings out on the floor, taking up room. It is really annoying when you want to use the bench but someone has their things all over it, or if you have to step around people’s things like a landmine.

Putting your things away in the designated means that also eliminates the chance of someone stepping on or tripping over your stuff.

To make it easier, try not to bring too many things and only the necessities.

6. Don’t Criticize Others

The gym should be a safe place where people are able to train without judgement from others. Everyone is on their own level with their own fitness goals so leave the criticism at home.

In addition, try not to give advice if it was not asked for. While you may have good intentions, some people like to train differently. Hence, it can be quite annoying to give your opinion when it was not necessary. An exception to this is if you see someone doing something that it potentially dangerous or could result in injury.

These are just some of the common gym rules and regulations that help keep the gym a fun and friendly place, so be sure to follow them!

Jefit is a gym workout app that helps all gym goers and athletes keep on track with their fitness goals. It has the largest exercise library complete with free workout routines to help mix up your training. It also gives you the ability to update and share your workout log with the supportive community. With Jefit on your phone, you will be hitting your fitness goals in no time at all.

Do you have more gym rules and regulations you want to add? Or have you seen other things that annoy you at the gym? Let us know in the comments below, we would love to know!

The Three Different Body Types and How They Affect Your Training

The Three Different Body Types and How They Affect Your Training

One of the reasons why people need a customizable workout planer for their fitness goals is because everyone’s bodies are different. In fact, there are three different body types that people seem to have, and it is your body type that dictates how well you respond to certain types of training and food intake.

What are the Three Different Body Types?

The three different body types are: ectomorph, endomorph, mesomorph. Each has their own typical characteristics that can help you determine which body type you have. Then you will be able to adjust your training and eating habits accordingly to reach your fitness goals.

1. Ectomorph Body Type

Typical Characteristics:

  • Long and lean
  • Delicate frame
  • “Hardgainer” – Finds it difficult to build muscle and fat
  • Body similar to a marathon runner
  • Fast metabolism

Training:

If you have the ectomorph body type, then you will find that it is difficult for you to gain muscle as well as fat. To help with this, try focusing on compound movements as opposed to isolated movements. This is because you will use more muscle groups in the one exercise.

For example, the bench press works out muscles in your chest, shoulders and triceps using your shoulders and elbow. In contrast, the bicep curl is an isolated movement that only uses the bicep.

While you shouldn’t completely shun isolation movements from your training, your main focus should be on the big compound exercises. Then use isolation movements as accessories or to finish a workout.

Nutrition:

Those with the ectomorph body type are able to get away with eating more carbs than endomorphs and mesomorphs. However, this doesn’t mean that you can eat whatever you want and not have it affect your body.

That being said, it is best to stick to complex carbs that can leave you feeling fuller for longer. It will also help to push protein to your muscles to help them to grow. This includes brown rice and brown bread.

Notes:

As ectomorphs can find it quite challenging to pack on size, it may be beneficial to use additional supplements in conjunction with a healthy and well-rounded diet. Supplements such as BCAAs or protein shakes could give you that extra boost.

2. Endomorph Body Type

Typical Characteristics:

  • Stocky build
  • Wider body
  • Stores fuel (both muscle and fat) in the lower half of their bodies
  • Has more muscle as well but usually, this comes with more fat
  • Has the best strength advantage out of the three different body types but may find it difficult to stay lean
  • Slow metabolism

Training:

To help shock the body into losing fat, it is best for endomorphs to up their intense aerobic exercise by focusing on interval training such as HIIT (high-intensity interval training) over LISS (low-intensity steady state cardio).

They should train their overall body to see results and not just focus on one area.

To further enhance their metabolism, endomorphs should include both hypertrophy (muscle building – heavy weight, fewer reps) with conditioning. This way, your metabolism will be fired up, even hours after your training is done.

Nutrition:

Endomorphs do need to have a stricter eating plan than the others. Unlike ectomorphs, those with the endomorph body type should eat fewer carbs and increase their higher protein intake. They should avoid simple carbs like white bread and eat more complex ones.

Notes:

Stress levels can cause endomorphs to keep fat around their midsection. To help with this, you should avoid overtraining so that your body can properly recover. Also, get your beauty sleep.

Mesomorph Body Type

Typical Characteristics:

  • Middle of the body types
  • Can be lean and muscular simultaneously
  • Natural athletics build with well-defined muscles

Training:

In between ectomorph and endomorph is the mesomorph body type. Mesomorphs find it easier to build muscle and lose fat than the ectomorphs and endomorphs respectively.

This is why the mesomorph body type means that you do not have to go insanely heavy on the weights to get results. You can lift moderately and still progress.

However, it is also best to include some aerobic exercise as well, because while they can lose fat easier than mesomorphs, it doesn’t mean that they are completely immune. Aerobic exercise with help get your heart rate up and your blood pumping.

Nutrition:

If you have a mesomorph body type, your eating plan should include equal amounts of protein and fat, with a moderate amount of carbs making up the rest. Like I mentioned with the ectomorph and endomorph body type, you should still focus on complex carbs to help give your body energy and keep full in a sustainable and healthy way.

Can You Be a Combination of Two Body Types?

When it comes to these three different body types, there is no one-size-fits-all. You can be a combination of two, sharing characteristics from both. Hopefully, this post has given you the information you can use to help identify your body type or see if you share traits from two. This way, you will be able to adjust your diet and training regime accordingly to optimize results.

Jefit is a gym workout app that helps all gym goers and athletes keep on track with their fitness goals. It has the largest exercise library complete with free workout routines to help mix up your training. It also gives you the ability to update and share your workout log with the supportive community. With Jefit on your phone, you will be hitting your fitness goals in no time at all.

Fitness Myths: Separating Fact From Fiction

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There are many fitness myths that float around the industry. While some myths can be harmless, others can actually hinder your progress and prevent you from setting off in the right direction from the very start.

To help make sure that you have all the best knowledge and information to hit your goals, here are some of the most common fitness myths that you may have heard, and some facts to set the record straight.

Avoid Believing These Common Fitness Myths and Get the Facts

Myth 1: Sit Ups/Crunches = Abs

A common misconception is that to get that six-pack, you need to do hundreds of crunches and sit-ups every day. This exercise only targets your abdominal muscles, and to get abs, you need to target more than just that muscle group.

While this doesn’t mean that you should banish crunches from your training regime, just bear in mind that there are other really great exercises that may be even more beneficial in helping you sculpt and tone your core.

Other exercises such as leg raises, hanging leg raises, and different type of crunches such as decline crunches and oblique crunches are great ways to get those abs. Try a variety of exercises to target muscles in your front, side and back. Take a look at an exercise library, such as with Jefit workout app, that will give you some better ideas on what you can do instead.

 

Myth 2: The More You Train, The Better

Another myth that athletes and gym goers believe is that you don’t need rest days; the more you train, the faster you will generate results.

However, this fitness myth can have the opposite effect. Not incorporating enough rest days into your routine can lead to your body’s inability to recover properly in time for your next session. In fact, you will be doing yourself more harm than good.

Make sure you use a workout log to schedule in rest days so you do not skip them. By putting them into your regime, you will be more inclined to follow it.

 

Myth 3: Gym is a Solitary Activity

Many people believe that working out at the gym is a mostly solitary activity. You head in, put on your headphones, and do your workout and leave.

While it may be difficult to find other gym goers that can go to the gym at the same time as you, an alternative is to take advantage of the digital era and find an online community. There are many supportive people online in which you can turn to for encouragement, advice and even just to chat to. 

 

Myth 4: If You’re Not Sore, You Didn’t Work Hard Enough

Some gym goers take the sign that if you are sore then you had a great workout, but if not, then you didn’t work hard enough. Some may think that it is an indication that your muscles are growing. However, this one of those fitness myths that is not necessarily true.

Seasoned gym goers may not have felt sore the next day but it doesn’t mean that they didn’t do enough to get results. Especially if you have been training 5-6 weeks a day, your body would have been conditioned to your training so you probably won’t feel as sore as someone who is new to it.

It doesn’t mean you are working any less harder.

However, if you do wake up sore, try to use a foam roller to massage and loosen your muscles. Also, remember to stretch before and after your workout to minimize the chance of soreness.

 

Myth 5: Your Gym Workout Need to Be Long

Another one of those misleading fitness myths is that in order for your gym session to be effective, it needs to be long. For those who hate long, laborious gym sessions, this is great news.

Shorter, intense workouts may be more effective than longer workouts with less exertion or LISS (Low Intensity Steady State cardio). This is particularly useful for the on-the-go, busy lifestyle that most of us lead now.

This is why HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is becoming more and more popular by the day. As workouts are shorter, people tend to work out harder as opposed to reserving energy because they know they have a long session ahead.

However, this doesn’t mean to say that long 45-minute to one hour sessions are useless. It depends on your personal preference and whatever you can stick to consistently.

Myth 6: The Scale is the Best Way to Track Your Progress

People mostly step on their scale to track their progress. However, this method may give you incorrect information.

While it will show you your weight mass, it doesn’t differentiate between things like fat and muscles. This means that even if you are losing fat and gaining muscle, the number on the scale may not change. In fact, it may even increase.

It can be really dangerous and disheartening only using the scale number to track your results. There are other, more accurate ways to do so such as with tape measurements and progress pictures.

Jefit is a gym workout app that helps all gym goers and athletes keep on track with their fitness goals. It has the largest exercise library complete with free workout routines to help mix up your training. It also gives you the ability to update and share your workout log with the supportive community. With Jefit on your phone, you will be hitting your fitness goals in no time at all.

Get Out of Your Weight Loss/Muscle Growth Plateau With These 6 Tips

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Has your fitness progress suddenly stalled? This is what happens when you hit a fitness plateau. You could hit a muscle growth plateau or a weight loss one, and it can be quite demotivating. However, it is not the end of the world. Here are some great tips to help get you back on track to your fitness goals.

Use These 6 Tips to Break Out of Your Weight Loss/Muscle Growth Plateau

1. Change Your Workout

A new workout will most likely be challenging and hard at first. After a while, it will start to become easier. This is your body becoming accustomed to the workout that you are doing. While it means that you are improving, it also means that your results may not be as significant as they were previously. In some cases, you may not see an effect at all anymore.

If you have reached this weight loss or muscle growth plateau, then you may need to change your workout and give your body something new and challenging to work through.

If you are unsure of what new exercises to incorporate into your training regime, then try using a gym workout app that has an extensive exercise library where you can pick and choose what workouts are best suited to your goals. Then, you can add this to your routine to give yourself something different to try.

After a few weeks, the same thing may happen again so just go back to the exercise library and take advantage of your customizable gym workout planner to reverse the effects.

Another way to get a new training plan is to find ready-made proven training programs. Some gym workout apps may have some available, so you can pick the one best for you.

Not only will this help you get out of your fitness plateau, but it will keep your training from becoming too static and boring.

2. Get a Trainer

If you have been working out by yourself and start to stall, enlist the help of a trainer.

A trainer will be able to see everything that you are doing (and not doing) and recommend a new training plan to stimulate your progress again.

By having someone with expertise and an objective view, you can gain fresh ideas into your training routine. However, trainers can be quite pricey, especially if you have regular sessions. While they can be a worthwhile investment, an alternative is to just get one or two sessions so that they can teach you new exercises and strategies to try, and then you can set off on your own again.

3. Change Gyms

Maybe a change of scenery can help you out. After going to the same gym day after day, year after year, you might be bored of seeing the same environment. Changing gyms and seeing new facilities, being in a new environment with a different vibe to your previous one may be what you need to break out of your weight loss or muscle growth plateau.

4. Work on Your Weaknesses

It is easy to spend a lot of time on the areas that are your strengths. If you are good at the bench, then you may tend to focus on the bench a lot. If you love cardio, then you may avoid the weight area.

Doing so can contribute to your fitness plateau.

In order to truly progress, you cannot avoid your weaknesses. In fact, addressing them and spending more time on them can really assist in boosting your fitness progress again.

So next time you are at the gym, look at an exercise library filled with different workouts. This way, you can see which ones you need to improve on. It can be challenging, but it really can do wonders for your overall fitness.

5. Train Less, Rest More

One way to experience a plateau is from training too much and not resting enough. It sounds ironic but the training more doesn’t necessarily mean you will progress faster, especially if you are looking to build muscle.

It is actually when you are not training and recovering that your muscles begin to repair themselves so if you are not giving yourself adequate recovery time, you are actually adding to your muscle growth plateau.

Make sure that you schedule in days where your body can properly recover. You may find that it can make a big difference to your progress.

Experiencing a fitness plateau can be frustrating but it is only a small bump in your progress. Try some of these tips to help break out of that stall so you can continue making steps towards your fitness goals.

Take advantage of a gym workout app that can help you move on from a weight loss or muscle growth plateau like Jefit. Armed with an extensive exercise library, customizable gym workout planner and a supportive community filled with similar-minded people, you can really break through your fitness plateau in no time at all.

Have you ever experienced a fitness plateau? What tips have you tried to break out of it? Let us know in the comments, we would love to know!

5 Strength Training Types to Follow with Your Strength Training Tracker

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The words “strength training” have been thrown around the fitness industry for quite a while now. It has been gaining a lot of traction, especially among females. There are different types of strength training that you can focus on and follow with your strength training tracker, depending on your fitness goals.

5 weight training disciplines that will help you build muscle

1. Bodyweight

Bodyweight refers to training that uses only your bodyweight. There is no need for extra weights or machines. This is why bodyweight training is often overlooked by people when it comes to building strength and muscle. However, you only have to look at the world’s top gymnasts to know that this is a big mistake. Gymnasts, who are big on bodyweight exercises, are some of the strongest people.

However, you only have to look at the world’s top gymnasts to know that this is a big mistake. Gymnasts, who are big on bodyweight exercises, are some of the strongest people in the world.

Pros

Workout anywhere: If you can’t make it to the gym, you can easily have an effective workout at home. Just do bodyweight exercises!

Great for beginners: For those who want to ease into strength training, using your bodyweight is a great way to start. It can really make a difference in building your strength and confidence. After you get started with bodyweight exercises, you can move onto other strength disciplines such as gym weightlifting or powerlifting.

Cons

Hard to see your progress: With other training disciplines such as powerlifting, you can easily observe your improvements. This is when you are able to lift or squat a heavier load than your previous PR.

With bodyweight exercises, you don’t have the weights to tell you how far you have come. A great way to solve this is by using a strength training tracker to note and log your workouts so you can track your progress.

2. Gym Weightlifting

This is the most common type of strength training. It refers to the use of weight machines and free weights, such as dumbbells, as the primary method to build muscle.

Pros

Not as intimidating: This is great, especially for beginner gym goers, as dumbells are easy and simple to use. Even machines have easy-to-follow insutructions labelled on them. They’ll also have images that highlight the parts of the body in use so you know where you are supposed to be feeling the burn.

Versatile: You will have plenty of options with gym weightlifting. There are machines that have multiple uses in one so you can train more than one part of the body. Dumbells can also be used in different ways. For example, you can use dumbells for bicep curls and then an overhead press. You can mix and match exercises depending on what your fitness goals are, which means you will not be limited.

Good for beginners and seasoned gym goers:  Gym weightlifting is perfect for everyone. The equipment comes in a range of weights so whether you need 1kg or 40kg and more, you can find them. The same goes for the machines. You can adjust the load according to your personal preference.

Cons

Long wait: As gym weightlifting is so popular, during peak times, you may find that you have to wait to use the equipment. A way to get around this is by alternating turns with someone. For example, during your buddy’s rest time, you can complete your set and vice versa. Don’t forget to record your set with your strength training tracker so that you can keep a record of your progress.

3. Powerlifting

Powerlifting focuses on brute strength and consists of three primary movements:

  • Squat
  • Bench
  • Deadlift

The aim of powerlifting is to hit your maximum strength for one repetition for each of these exercises.

Pros

Builds strength: Powerlifting is one of the best ways to build up your strength as it is the main goal of powerlifters. Unlike other disciplines such as bodybuilding, powerlifting targets your strength ability as opposed to concentrating solely on aesthetics.

With powerlifting, you really will progress towards your strength and muscle goals, particularly in the legs, back and upperbody.. To help record your progress though, make sure you use a strength training tracker to log your workouts so you can see just how well powerlifting has improved your training.

Good technique: One of the most important aspects of fitness is making sure that you have the correct technique. If you don’t, you dramatically increase the risk of injury which is very dangerous.

Powerlifting has a big focus on technique. With only 3 primary movements, people can spend more time learning the right forms and techniques without rushing.

Cons

Narrow focus: Powerlifters can potentially disregarding other important exercises to only focus on the big 3, or only view them as “accessory” training.

Unless you are a competitive powerlifter, it is good to incorporate other movements into your training program as well so you can get a well-rounded workout.

No cardio: With an emphasis on absolute strength, powerlifters tend to neglect other aspects of fitness such as cardio. It is good to include some exercises that elevate your heart rate so that you can get in shape and stay in shape.

4. Weightlifting

In comparison, Olympic lifting, also known as weight lifting, has two main movements: the clean and jerk, and snatch. These moves are explosive, meaning that there isn’t just a focus on strength but also velocity. The aim is to move the bar as quickly as possible in these vertically overhead movements. To do so requires more than strength; flexibility, agility and mobility play a big part in weightlifting as well.

Pros

Uses all the muscles in the body: If you want to work out all your muscles at once, then Olympic weightlifting is the way to go. This is particularly helpful for those who want a more time-efficient way of training and have limited time at the gym. You’ll still get optimal results.

Works on speed: As I mentioned before, weightlifting is more than just a measurement of strength but speed as well. Weightlifters simultaneously perform high-velocity movements with heavy loads so you’re killing two birds with one stone.

Fun: Olympic lifting is also fun. Due to the movement’s dynamic and ballistic nature, it isn’t as easy or simple as bicep curls or other typical workouts.

Cons

High injury risk: While all workouts do have an injury risk, Olympic weightlifting has the worst reputation for being more prone to injury. To minimize these chances, it is important that you learn the correct form and technique to be able to properly and safely execute these moves. Bear in mind the slow and steady is the key in progressing your strength training. Do not rush and load up on heavy weights as this is actually detrimental to your performance and health.

Bear in mind the slow and steady is the key in progressing your strength training. Do not rush and load up on heavy weights as this is actually detrimental to your performance and health.

Use a strength training tracker to follow your progress so you can steadily improve while still being safe and smart about it.

5. Strongman

Strongman focuses on strength endurance as opposed to just brute strength. It consists of functional strength movements such as moving heavy weights over long distances. It takes us back to our primal instincts and movements such as pushing, pulling, walking, lifting, bending – with heavy loads.

Pros

Functional strength: One of the biggest benefits of strongman training is that you can use the strength you have built in the real world. As it replicates primal, human movements, you are able to use the skills that you develop with strongman training in your everyday life.

Variety of exercises: It is easy to never get bored with Strongman as there is a wide range of movements to try.

Cons

Hard to find equipment: It can be difficult trying to find a gym that caters to this discipline. Strongman uses equipment such as large (really large) tires and yoke for motion-based exercises. You will have to find a specialized gym.

High risk of injury: Because you are not only lifting heavy loads but carrying and moving them around, there is a high risk of injury involved. You need to really be careful with these motion-based workouts. Make sure that while you push yourself, you are still smart about it.

As you can see, there are many types of strength training that you can try. While each has their own advantages and disadvantages, find the one (or even two) that you enjoy the most and is more suited for your fitness goals. And remember, to really know whether it is working for you, make sure you use a strength training tracker that will help to log your progress and results.

Jefit is a gym workout app that also functions as a strength training tracker. You can easily maximize your training by using the workout log to track your strength training, share your progress and results with others, and be part of a supportive community.

Which strength training discipline do you enjoy the most or want to try? Leave us a comment below, we would love to know!