I checked the "Fitness Fundamentals" sticky again, and I am still confused about the difference between exercises for muscular strength vs. muscular endurance. I just had a strength training program designed that includes machine weights like the leg press, free weights ex. for biceps, lunges, sit-ups, etc. It targets all the major and smaller muscle groups... so it seems to me I'm not missing anything. But maybe I'm not doing the muscular endurance part?
From Fitness Fundamentals Sticky
- the ability of a muscle to exert force for a brief period of time. Upper-body strength, for example, can be measured by various weight-lifting exercises.
- the ability of a muscle, or a group of muscles, to sustain repeated contractions or to continue applying force against a fixed object. Pushups are often used to test endurance of arm and shoulder muscles.
Your exercise program should include something from each of the four basic fitness components
described previously (cardio, musc. strength, musc. endurance, flexibility). Each workout should begin with a warmup and end with a cooldown. As a general rule, space your workouts throughout the week and avoid consecutive days of hard exercise.
- a minimum of two 20-minute sessions per week that include exercises for all the major muscle groups. Lifting weights is the most effective way to increase strength.
- at least three 30-minute sessions each week that include exercises such as calisthenics, pushups, situps, pullups, and weight training for all the major muscle groups.
Doesn't lifting weights = weight training? I'm confused.