New to Strength Training? Here’s How to Start

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Are you thinking about starting strength training? Besides for all of the benefits associated with strength training like building muscles, getting stronger, reducing the risk of injury, and increasing balance, flexibility, and stability, it’s a great way to switch up your workouts. But, lifting weights can be intimidating and with these tips, it’s a lot less overwhelming.

Finding Motivation

Strength training is challenging and it takes a while to see results, which is why a lot of people quit before they give it a chance. Think about why you decided to start lifting weights. Was it to get stronger? Perhaps it was to prevent injuries.

Starting Slow

It’s important not to rush into strength training and lift more than you can handle. If you’re worried about lifting weights, hire a personal trainer to help get you started and remember, don’t compare yourself to others.

Setting a Schedule

Start by strength training three days a week. After you become stronger you can increase it to five to six times a week. When planning your workouts, spread them out so you focus on different muscle groups and have rest days in between.

Bodyweight Exercises

Master bodyweight exercises like pull-ups, squats, planks, and push-ups before adding weights with dumbbells and kettlebells.