Omega-3 in weight training


Resistance training (or weight training) increases muscle strength by making the muscles work against a weight or force; it is based on the principle that muscles will work to overcome a resistance force when they are required to do so. The best way to develop muscle strength is to force the muscle to contract to its maximum potential at any given time, and, after, let it time to repair and adapt (for at least 48 hours between sessions). In order to maintain muscle improvement, the training program must increase progressively the weight or resistance every six to eight weeks.

This type of exercise protects the joints from injury, helps to maintain flexibility and balance, helps in weight control (the gain of muscle makes the body burns more energy when at rest), helps in the prevention or control of chronic disorders, improves posture, increases bone density, improves the night’s sleep, increases self-esteem, etc.

It is known that persons with higher tissue levels of omega-3 fatty acids feels less muscle soreness after heavy exercise. But, can omega-3 supplementation help with muscle soreness after weight training? Yes, supplementation with 3 to 6 g/day of fish oil may alleviate muscle soreness (static and functional) experienced after resistance training.





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