Balance Training Versus Strength Training: What You Should Know

Different kinds of training can help you reach your fitness goals.

It’s a strange time of year. Summer is almost over, so everyone who jumped head-first into the keto diet in a bid for the perfect summer bod is probably spending a little less time at the gym, and a little more time with carbs. As cold weather starts to slowly set in, our fitness regimens tend to wind down, and we stuff our faces with pumpkin spice everything, and start packing on a few extra pounds. So now is really the perfect time to discuss training programs.

Recently I have been exploring balance training, and it has made a big difference in my fitness. I worked with Move Unbound, a balance training program that shows you different ways to move your body, and strengthen muscles and joints that don’t normally get utilized. I added this to my strength training program, and I have seen great results by combining the two. When it comes to balance training versus strength training, here is what you should know:

The main difference between strength and balance training is that strength training focuses mainly on building muscle, by doing controlled exercises aimed at targeting specific muscle groups. Balance training focuses more on joints, by forcing your body to move in ways that it isn’t used to. You end up strengthening both muscles and joints overall, and I can say that my body feels stronger as a whole as a result of combining the two.

So why should you consider adding balance training to your strength training regimen?

Flexibility and dexterity are two very important things. Balance training helps with both of these.

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Balance training will give you more variation in your workouts, so you are less likely to get bored with a specific program.

A combination of balance and sports training can actually help you master new techniques in terms of sports, because your body will be able to move in ways it previously couldn’t.

Stronger, more flexible joints can actually help you prevent sports related injuries.

So if you want more information about what balance training actually is, visit the Move Unbound website. Regardless though, you should consider varying your training regimen and trying new ways to explore what your body can do.



Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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