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Review of Weight Lifting Program crew exercising on boat

Weight lifting includes using resistance and movement to increase muscular endurance and muscular strength. The intensity of the resistance and the number of repetitions will dictate whether "bulk" or "tone" is achieved.  Resistance training of any kind is important for maintaining body weight.

Pros:  Weight lifting is a good way to increase your metabolism and overall strength.

Cons:  Weight lifting, when done improperly, can cause injury. Many typical weight lifting moves are not functional movements.

Cost:  The variable range from a couple hundreds to thousands. It is suggested to go to a local gym and see what type of equipment they use. If you are planning on lifting large amounts of weight get the right equipment i.e. benches, barbells, racks.

Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Health Promotion Manager on your Regional Work-Life Staff, or need additional assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the Headquarters Health Promotions Program Manager, Tim Merrell at (202) 475-5146, fax (202) 475-5907, or email at

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Last Modified 3/23/2016