Oct. 29, 2012
Living a better, healthier life
It is extremely easy for the American people to become unhealthy, with a fast food restaurant always around the corner and everyone busy with their daily life. With more and more people being diagnosed with high blood pressure, diabetes and other health threatening problems; a lot of these individuals have settled into the lifestyle that comes with those issues. When asked of ways to improve their health, many people respond with working out. However, most of these adults tend to not look into what they are able to do in order to make exercising fun, relaxing or even competitive. Strength training has all three of these characteristics and can improve anybody’s overall health in a matter of time. In order to fully understand strength training methods such as weight lifting, crossfit and yoga, people need to know the history, methodology, and the outcomes of these exercises.
Weight lifting is not a modern invention, it started with modern Olympics. The pioneers of the Olympics did not have all the fancy equipment that we have today or any research but they did have the desire for a fun, healthy sport. Weightlifting originated long before anybody could really tell. Chinese text tells us that the Chinese had weightlifting tests 500 years ago. The Olympics did not include weightlifting until 1896 and was a recurring event starting in 1920 (Dresher). World championships were held in 1922-23, except during the war years, and European championships were held in 1924-1936. Competition for women was added to the Olympic games in 2000. The equipment used in the 18th and 19th century was limited as opposed to now. The weight used in modern competitive lifting is the barbell, a steel bar or rod to which cast-iron or steel disk weights are attached at each end on a revolving sleeve (Encyclopedia Britannica). It’s important to know the history, but methodology is crucial...
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