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Posted by: JJ | 2004/10/20

Weight training

Hi Fitness Doc,

Please tell me whether weight (resistance) training is beneficial for strengthening your bone and tendons apart from the usual muscle workout.

Thanks
JJ

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Hi JJ

It is very beneficial. The whole muscle-tendon joint system is strengthened by weight training. Obviously, excessive training bad for you, but if you train smart, then you definitely do become stronger. Remember that most muscle injuries and tears happen at the point where the muscle and tendon are joined, and we know that weight training can reduce the risk of injury, so it's definitely working on the area of muscle where the tendon is, and then bone responds to loading in the same way. In fact, for people with weakened bones, who have osteoporosis, weight training is very important to strengthen the bone. Remember, bone, muscle and tendon are all living tissues and they respond to weight training in the same way, if slightly more slowly.

Good luck

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