The benefits of weight lifting has long been debated among health enthusiasts and dissenters alike. While not many people debate whether or not lifting itself is healthy, the common sentiments expressed by those critiquing it often focus on other forms of working out being more beneficial for your body.
While this form of thought may be prevalent in today’s society, there are actually a lot of health benefits to lifting, most of which are overlooked as people often fixate on the growth of muscle size or mass.
In fact, according to Livestrong, a non-profit organization (originally named the Lance Armstrong Foundation,dedicated to providing support to cancer survivors), lifting is not only beneficial for your mental and physical health, it can additionally reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as increasing your body’s natural resistance to type two diabetes.
In addition to this, lifting is not simply something you do, it is a lifestyle aiming to promote making people more in tune with their own body’s responses and reaction.
Here at Brock University we not only have a great gym to take advantage of all the benefits of lifting, but for the first time, we have a lifting club called the Brock Badgers Barbell Club.
The Brock Badgers Barbell Club is a new organization that focuses on getting people to reevaluate their physical shape or, according to club president Evan Nohara, “Getting people to live a healthier lifestyle”.
As an organization, the Brock Badgers Barbell Club aims as per their mission statement, “To produce high caliber athletes in the sports of powerlifting and weightlifting, at the local to international level, via strength and conditioning training concepts. Our goal is to also produce awareness and understanding of proper training methodologies as well as produce awareness and understanding of proper training methodologies as well as what they encompass including proper technique as well as good nutrition habits, all to promote a healthy well-being”.
The primary focus of the club is to not only promote “lifting weights, but teaching how to lift weights properly” said Nohara.
“A lot of people, whether they are involved in fitness or not are not familiar with our style of training. People that engage in our club will not only be stronger, healthier and more fit, but will also learn how to do things properly to promote longevity.”
When asked about the future of the organization, Nohara commented on his desire to push the club into the world stage.
“In terms of growth and where we want to go as a club, we have several high calibre athletes competing at the national level. The goal is to get our lifters to the world stage”.
For those interested in learning more about the Brock Badgers Barbell Club, be sure to check out their Fcaebook page, Brock Badgers Barbell Club, or feel free to check them out from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays on 2275 Highway 20 at Fourth Quarter Fitness, a Brock Alumni-owned business based out of Welland.