Strength training essentially uses resistance to build strength, anaerobic endurance (leading to greater performance in short duration), and size of skeletal muscles. When properly performed, strength training can provide significant functional benefits and improvement in overall health and well-being. This includes increased bone, muscle, tendon and ligament strength and toughness, improved joint function which reduces the potential for injury, increases bone density, metabolism and fitness while also improving cardiac function. Strength training is usually bodybuilding, weightlifting and powerlifting, but don’t let this scare you into thinking that you will look like a He-Man or She-Ra. While strength training can help to build muscle, it is also essential for fat loss and body tone. Many other sports use strength training as part of their training regimen and it can be wonderfully beneficial for most people.