Exercise Questions | Questions about "resistance excercises"

Hello; I'm a total newbie to this. Here's my situation...

* I'm in my late 50's, and currently on a medically supervised weight loss diet. The weight loss so far is very nice.

* The weight-loss specialist doctor has recommended that I take up "resistance excercise". This is not for weight loss per se, but rather for improving my HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio. The weight loss doctor is an MD and he has my medical history, so you can assume that I've been "medically cleared" to excercise.

* Back in 1995, I slipped+fell and tore the quadriceps muscle in my left leg, around the knee. I have no problem walking 5 km, but forget about jogging/running or repetitive stair climbing.

* I live in a condo with an excercise room. The equipment includes
a) 2 or 3 treadmills
b) an "elliptical"
c) a stationary bicycle
d) a bunch of small weights (lift one in each hand)
e) a complex weight-lifting machine with more wires and pulleys than a sailboat.

So my questions are
- what are "resistance excercises"
- what is the best excercise for improving my HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio


Posted by Reply
Stage 1 Fit
18 Posts
12/26/2009 5:36:08 PM
Everything that everybody said is great
but I want to add that resistance
exercise is part of strength training.
There are four types of strength
Weight training
Resistance training
Isometric training
Integrated training
Strength training is applying some kind
of resistance to your natural muscular
contractions in order to build up
strength and endurance. This form of
exercise builds mass, increases your
metabolism, and also tones and firms up
your muscles giving you a much leaner
look. Although strength training is an
anaerobic activity, some of the
disciplines have been adapted into
circuit training which combines the
benefits of both strength training and
aerobic exercise. Weight lifting is the
most common form of strength training
and can include the use of free weights,
wrist or ankle weights, machines,
elastic bands, body weight or anything
else that can offer some form of
resistance even cans of corns.


Personal Trainer
8/31/2009 4:14:40 PM
You are correct! That's the only difference. The machine forces you into the correct form.


1 Posts
8/31/2009 3:47:20 PM
I did a bit of looking around. To my untrained eye, the machine bench press looks basically identical to the chair bench press The only difference appears to be the source of the resistance, i.e. lever versus band. Is that correct.

Personal Trainer
8/30/2009 7:42:49 PM
Hi Walter,

Resistance Exercises are exercises that use resistance such as dumbbells, machines, barbells, body weight, etc. We have a complete list of resistance exercises

This is a good beginner program which will help reduce your HDL/LDL will be this one with a few modifications:

Dont do bench press (use your machines that you have in your gym: vertical press). Also use your leg press machine not the squats that are in the program.

You need to start educating yourself on all the lingo so please browse throughout this site.


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