Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Both Strength and Power Training Help Keep Muscles Strong

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Both Strength and Power Training Help Keep Muscles Strong

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Dear Doctor K: What's the difference between strength and power training? Is one better than the other?

Dear Reader: Your muscles enable you to carry groceries, climb stairs, get out of a chair and swing a golf club. The stronger and more powerful your muscles are, the easier all of these everyday tasks and others will be.

Strength and power training can curb or even halt these changes. They help your muscles function at a high level as you get older. And there are additional benefits. As you strengthen your muscles, you tone your arms and legs. You also burn more calories, since muscles require energy (calories) in order to function.

So exactly what are strength and power training?

Strength training is a popular term for exercises that build muscle by harnessing resistance -- that is, an opposing force that muscles must strain against. …

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