I feel like strength training is becoming, ahem, trendy. At least in the non-trainer circles that I frequent.

For the longest time, strength training has been associated with bodybuilders, powerlifters and folks who want to look dead-sexy in underwear. But thanks to people like Dr Peter Attia, we are seeing the mainstream strength training narrative moving away from pure aesthetics and physical performance and towards longevity.

In terms of research, the upsides of strength training keep piling up:

It fights off osteoporosis and sarcopenia, reduces all-cause mortality by 10-17%, improves sleep, reduces depression and anxiety, and delays the onset of Alzheimer’s.

So, not only does strength training help us live longer. It helps us stay more functional for those years.

A fitness trend I am happy to sign up for. Finally.

-J