Why Strength Training?

From our mid-twenties onward, we begin to lose muscle mass. Our bodies can lose as much as one-half pound of muscle mass per year. Loss of muscle can result in a variety of health problems including obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, chronic pain, as well as loss of stamina, balance and flexibility.

This does not need to be the way we age. At Studio 2020 Fitness, our focus is on building lean muscle, the key to maintaining a strong, healthy body at any age. The 2020 workout is the safest, most effective way to build lean muscle through strength training.

Use it or lose it
Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age. “If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body,” says Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and Co-Director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center. “But strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass — at any age.”

Strength training also helps you:

  • Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training increases bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Control your weight. As you gain muscle, your body begins to burn calories more efficiently. The more toned your muscles, the easier it is to control your weight.
  • Boost your stamina. As you get stronger, you won’t fatigue as easily.
  • Build better balance. Building muscle contributes to improved core balance and stability which can help you maintain independence as you age.
  • Manage chronic conditions. Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including back pain, arthritis, obesity, heart disease, diabetes and boost energy and minimize the side effects of conventional cancer treatment.
  • Sharpen your focus. Some research suggests that regular strength training helps improve attention for older adults.