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We all think of weight training as a means to build muscle and increase strength

We all think of weight training as a means to build muscle and increase strength. A study reported in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research has found that aside from these apparent benefits, working out with resistance equipment also helps to build a positive body image. In the study, a group of college women were enrolled in a strength training class and evaluated using a number of physical fitness measures before and after the session of classes. Researchers found that not only did strength levels improve as a result of the classes, but so did self-image. The women reported feeling healthier, more fit, and better about their physical shape. These results were consistent within the group regardless of whether or not there was a change in body weight.

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