Tips for Beginning a Strength Training Program

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by Casey McIlvaine

Do you want to try a strength or weightlifting program, but are confused about how or where to start? The good news is that you’re not the first person to be in this position and you won’t be the last. Strength training provides one of a kind results, even for those who have tried and failed with dieting or cardio.

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Consistent strength training has many health benefits including:

  • Increase in muscle-fiber size
  • Increase in tendon strength
  • Increase in ligament strength
  • Energy Boost
  • Disease Prevention
  • Weight loss

The most challenging part of starting weight training is the first month. Once you get past the beginning hump, when so many give up, you will set the stage for an overall healthier life. A personal trainer would be a great resource during this time to teach you proper weightlifting techniques and assist you in developing a personalized program. Before you get started with a strength training program, it’s crucial you take some time to do some research or invest in a personal trainer, in order to avoid injuries and produce the best results.

If you are just getting into weight training, devoting some time to learning proper form is very important. It’s much easier to initially learn proper form than it is to try and correct poor habits later. For example, if you improperly perform squats by keeping your weight primarily on your toes instead of centered, not only will you not get the full effects that squats offer, but you are also risking an injury. Learning proper form from a professional personal trainer will help avoid injuries, produce results and keep you motivated in your fitness program.

As a beginner to strength training, it is better to start by sticking with a few exercises for the first couple months. The reason for this is that similarly to a musician, it would be much easier to memorize 5 different songs in a short amount of time than it would be to memorize 20. It is the same with your body when you first begin to lift weights. It will be easier for your body to remember a small number of basic compound movements in a short amount of time. Focusing on only a few exercises will help you master your form, build confidence and get stronger.

Instant gratification is ingrained into our culture, which is often why people tend to quickly give up on their fitness programs. In order to see results, you must stay consistent and keep working towards your fitness goals. Don’t except to start strength training and instantly see results overnight. Celebrating small goal you achieve along the way will help keep you on track and motivated. You can however expect to feel better, have more energy, and feel more confident within a short period of time. Making strength training a lifetime habit will help you build muscle, increase your metabolism, burn fat and achieve the lean and “toned” look you desire. Stop saying “I’ll start tomorrow” or in the New Year, instead take action today and work with a personal trainer.

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