Types of Resistance
Resistance can take one of two forms in athletic training: constant resistance or variable resistance.
Constant Resistance is a form of training where the resistance directed against the target muscle or muscle group does not vary through the range of athletic movement. A bicep curl using a dumbbell is an example of constant resistance.
Alternatively, Variable Resistance is a form of training where the resistance directed against the target muscle or muscle group does vary through the range of athletic movement. The same bicep curl completed using a resistance band is an example of variable resistance.
The Growth of Variable Resistance
Variable Resistance Training, or VRT, continues to grow in popularity as more research highlighting its benefits comes to light.
The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research contains a number of studies which highlight the advantages of incorporating VRT into any workout program. Examples include:
- Incorporating maximum muscle fibers
- increasing power
- Increasing strength
- improving neuromuscular coordination.
Furthermore, exercisers commonly praise VRT for:
- helping overcome situations where gains have plateaued
- providing exercise variety during workouts
- assisting in the rehabilitation of an injury by using a lower starting resistance and gradually increasing it throughout the exercise
HOW TO LEARN MORE ABOUT VARIABLE RESISTANCE TRAINING
If you wish to learn more about Variable Resistance Training and its advantages, click on the links below.
To begin incorporating Variable Resistance Training into your workout program, you’ll need either some resistance bands or tubes or a set of chains to add to your free weight system. However, if you are looking for a more complete training system, take a look at our GX Activity Trainer Series of multigyms. They include a patented Hybrid Weight System which allows users to easily choose between Constant Resistance or several levels of VRT thanks to the included Resistance Tubes that can be added or removed as desired.