Nutritional Considerations For Strength Training

missions and training require strength. Thus, a strength training program will enhance your physical conditioning and ability to perform and complete strenuous mission tasks. In addition, it will keep you "looking" fit! In this chapter information on strength training and the unique dietary requirements for strength training will be provided.

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Benefits of Strength Training

Strength training should complement endurance training workouts. The specific benefits of strength training include:

  • Increased muscle strength and endurance
  • Increased muscle fiber size
  • Increased ligament and tendon strength
  • Greater protection against "overuse" injury

Because strength training makes you stronger, it will also reduce your risk for injuries that typically accompany endurance training. Finally, strength training can make you faster at tasks that require quick, short bursts of activity (such as a running from a boat to land).

Factors Determining Muscle Mass

The various factors that "regulate" the size of the muscle axe shown below. Some, factors such as genetics, we can't control. Often we have no control over environmental factors either. Factors that we can control and play major roles in determining muscle mass are physical exercise and nutritional status.

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