Relieve the Pain of Fibromyalgia with Strength Training

Dear Mr. DeFendis,

 I am a very tired, weak and fatigued middle aged woman who was just recently diagnosed Fibromyalgia and I don’t know what to do. 

Would exercise be beneficial for me or would it make the condition worse?

What information can you give me on helping me cope with Fibromyalgia?


Charlene T.

Anderson, SC

Dear Charlene,

 If you have fibromyalgia, the idea of any type of exercise may make you want to cringe or dismiss the possibility. Although some exercise may seem painful, especially on those tender muscles and joints, it is actually one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia symptoms. Exercise will actually help lessen your pain, strengthen your muscles, and make each day seem a little bit easier. Strength training in particular has been one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia sufferers. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia pain, feel free to contact me and I will teach you more about strength training and how it could help to reduce the intensity of your symptoms.

What is Strength Training?
 Strength training is a type of exercise that involves using your muscles to lift extra pounds. Over time, you lift increased amounts of weight in order to develop your strength, muscle and endurance. Strength training is typically done with free weights (like barbells and dumbbells) or on strength training equipment designed to target specific areas of the body. 

Strength training targets all the major areas of the body, including the arms, legs, abdominals, back, shoulders, and chest. There are specific strength training programs and exercises designed to work out particular muscles in these body parts. A qualified professional Ultra Fit trainer can design a calculated and progressive program that will change your life and make you look and feel like a different person.

Strength Training vs Weight Training
 When you first think about strength training, you might envision big buff bodybuilders or muscular women. This is not the type of strength training that is advised for people with fibromyalgia. Instead, strength training for fibromyalgia sufferers is focused on developing increased strength, endurance, and muscle tone throughout the body – not those huge, bulging muscles. Fibromyalgia sufferers who wish to strength train should not be concerned with the amount of weight they can lift, but rather that they lift small amounts of weight regularly and correctly.
  Strength training is highly recommended for fibromyalgia sufferers because of the wide variety of benefits it can offer. A professionally designed and implemented regimen of strength training can help reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia. The benefits of strength training also include:

? Strength training helps to reduce muscle pain and stiffness by encouraging daily use of all body parts and more blood flow throughout the body. 

? Strength Training also helps to improve your overall fitness level, increasing your energy and reducing your fatigue. 

? Strength training has been shown to improve sleep habits, allowing you to fall asleep faster and remain in deep sleep longer. 

? Strength Training can help to improve your mood and alleviate symptoms of depression.

Strength training can also provide a number of other important benefits, like increasing your metabolism for fat loss and reducing your risk of osteoporosis.
 The good thing about strength training is that it is safe and effective for practically anyone if it is implemented by a professional and performed correctly. Even if you are de-conditioned, you can still begin a moderate strength training program and receive fantastic benefits. Strength training is most beneficial when balanced out with a program for flexibility. (stretching regimen) However, strength training on its own will also help to reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

 If you don’t know where to start then e-mail me directly and I will lead you in the right direction. 

My e-mail address is:


Respectfully caring about the future of South Carolina’s residents,

Your Personal Trainer,


 Mr. USA John DeFendis


 Fitness Expert and Fitness Hall of Fame recipient John DeFendis is the Director of Exercise and Fitness at Coop’s Health & Fitness in Anderson and Greenville, South Carolina.

 A former Mr. USA and a personal trainer for more than 34 years, his specialty lies in weight loss and health. 

John has trained professional athletes and celebrities and has been featured in many international magazines and on national television shows. Anderson Independent readers can access his website for free. The website address is: and you can e-mail your fitness questions to John at:

*Results may vary from person to person.

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Marie wrote:
I was diagnosed with fibro 8 yrs ago. 10 months ago I started strength training and it has helped me soo much. I can do many things I could not do before. I use to sit on the couch and cry a lot. Now I work out for 1 hour 4 days a week. I will never stop. I did actually builkd some muscles in my back and shoulders which was cool.

Thu, February 18, 2016 @ 2:25 PM

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