Is strength training considered a weight-bearing exercise?

Strength training can be considered a weight-bearing  exercise when one or both feet are in touch with a surface. It has been shown to improve bone density when performed for an extended period of time (12+ months) with intensities above 70% of the 1 repetition maximum, training at least 2 times per week.

Dr. Mike Clark, DPT
Fitness Specialist

Strength training is a weight-bearing exercise.  Strength training loads your bones, muscles, and other connective tissues and makes them stronger.

Strength training in a standing position creates an even greater weight bearing load to the body (because you also have to work against gravity and momentum)

Strength training is considered a weight-bearing exercise because it involves bone loading. Weight-bearing exercise includes any activity you perform while on your feet and legs that works your muscles and bones against gravity. Weight-bearing exercise, such as strength training, is important for building strong bones which helps decrease the risk of fracture, osteopenia, and osteoporosis.

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