1. It improves muscular strength and endurance
When you add resistance to any type of movement, for example using your own body weight, dumbbells, gravity, or a machine such as the Baseline, you naturally will have to apply more effort to perform the movement. The additional force that you´re applying will eventually make you become stronger or improve your stamina – depending on how you perform the movement – either as heavy, low reps for the former; or lighter, more reps for the latter. The principle of “progressive overload” will be beneficial to apply here; if you keep adding resistance as you progress, you will keep getting stronger or become more endurant.
2. You will not bulk up
It is a common belief, especially amongst women, that resistance training will make you look big or “bulky”. Anyone starting with resistance training may notice more muscle definition, especially if one also loses fat, but one will look “tighter” or leaner, not bigger. A typical “bulky” person has in most cases spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours in the gym to get to that point, fueled by great amounts of supplements such as creatine or even performance-enhancing drugs, and/or superior genetics. It is highly unlikely that “the man/woman on the street” will get bulky by doing 3-4 workouts a week in combination with a normal diet, and especially not on the Baseline where we work more of the “longer”, slow-twitch muscle fibers.
3. It makes your life easier
It is found that people who engage in resistance training usually perform daily activities in a more efficient way, also called the Activities of Daily Living (ADL). Their bodies become stronger, more endurant and more agile, which in turn makes it easier to perform daily activities such as walking up the stairs, taking out the trash or carrying your child.
4. The best form of resistance training depends on your goal
When asked about what type of training is the best way of training, our answer is always: it depends on your goal. Is your goal to get stronger, more defined, slimmer or bigger? The answer to this question might affect the workout method most suitable for you – however, a general “rule” is that a workout routine that applies different forms of training might benefit you. If you alternate between strength, muscle endurance, and high-intensity training on a regular basis, you will likely experience getting stronger, leaner, healthier and happier.