Strength Training for Heart Health: Breaking Down the American Heart Association’s Endorsement

Jeremy Colon
4 min readFeb 29, 2024
We all know the benefits of performing cardio, BUT do we know the cardio benefits of strength training? // Photo Credit: FreePik.

Cardiovascular exercise has long been hailed as the champion of heart health, with running, swimming, and cycling taking center stage.

Conversely, Strength training has been underestimated for years, often relegated to building muscle and protecting bones.

However, groundbreaking research and a recent endorsement by the American Heart Association (AHA) have flipped the narrative, emphasizing the profound impact of strength training on heart health.

The AHA’s Message

In January, the AHA released a scientific statement in its Circulation journal, challenging the traditional notions about exercise. Based on an analysis of 96 studies, the statement declared that strength training is nearly as practical as cardio in enhancing heart health. Beyond just building muscles, strength training was shown to improve blood pressure, diabetes risk, cholesterol levels, mood, body composition, and much more.

Accessible Benefits

The AHA’s statement encourages a shift in perspective by highlighting that significant benefits can be achieved with just two weekly sessions involving one to two sets of 8 to 10 exercises. Most individuals can complete these…



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