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INFLUENCE OF WEIGHTLIFTING TRAINING ON BODY COMPOSITION IN YOUNG GIRLS (2007) PDF Print E-mail

Perparim Ferunaj (Albania)

 

Introduction :

 

Weightlifting training has been shown to be beneficial for increasing strength, and improving body composition, as well. This study aims to explore the influence of weightlifting training on decreasing bodyweight and changing body composition in young girls.  From the available literature, it can be said that strength training improves body composition by increasing muscle mass, and building muscle mass helps with losing fat because metabolic rate is related to muscle mass. The cause of this study was a debate done in one of the most popular TV Channels of Albania, called “Top show” where I tried to stress that in addition of cardiovascular training, weightlifting training can be as beneficial to decrease body fat.

 

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In September 2005, 6 young girls aged 16 – 18 years old, showed their desire to begin weightlifting training. To investigate the influence of weightlifting exercises on body composition, we used the simple method of assessing body fat percent by skin folds measurements ( the sum of triceps, suprailiacum and thigh), using a simple skinfold caliper. These measurements were done at the beginning of training and again after 16 weeks, to see the change in bodyweight and body composition. The girls did 4 training sessions per week. All the used exercises were weightlifting exercises  (basic  and  classical lifts). Basic Exercises were included 8 exercises involving all group muscles, and for classical exercises were snatch and clean and jerk. The number of exercises was 4 – 6, and the intensity gradually increased from 65 – 75 % to 85 – 95 %.

 

Conclusion:

 

It is aimed that the results of this study will increase understanding of issues affecting involvement in strength and even weightlifting training for girls  in trying to decrease body fat and as consequence of this, to improve body composition.

 

References:

 

Fox Bowers Foss. : Le basi fisiologiche dell’educazione fisica e dello sport, prima edizione italiana, 1995, pp, 188 – 202, 594 – 611.

 

Thomas D. Fahey, Paul M. Insel, Walton T. Roth, Fourth Edition, 2001. Fit & Well, 145 – 165.

 

The lectures and presentations of “ Europian Master for Health and Physical Activity”