glee* Magazine: "The Basics of Strength Training
By Bob Greene, BFA, MFA
Updated: Saturday, April 29, 2006
Best-known as Oprah's personal trainer, Bob Greene is the author of several best-selling books and the man behind the Get With the Program workout plan now offered by eDiets.com.
Strength training is a key component in the long-term maintenance of a healthy weight. It should be an adjunct to your aerobic program.
Strength training will increase your musculature, your primary calorie burner. Plus it will strengthen your body and allow it to function more efficiently so you can perform your aerobic exercise at higher levels, which will decrease your percentage of body fat. You�ll also get the added aesthetic benefit of toned muscles.
Another important--yet often overlooked--benefit of strength training is the way it combats two of the most profound effects of aging: the loss of muscle and the loss of bone mass (osteoporosis).
I recommend doing strength training three times a week. As you progress, you can increase the amount of weight you use and the number of sets you perform."