Strength Training Advice for Beginners

Starting any new exercise program can be intimidating and tough, but when you add to the need navigate a whole new world of dumbbells and weight machines, it gets even harder. That's why it's important to read some strength training advice for beginners. Intimidation or lack of knowledge drives away too many would-be fitness fans.

Before you even begin, you should start with a plan. Either hire a trainer to help you develop a routine or enlist a more experienced friend to show you the ropes. If neither of those options is available, at least read a book, watch a video or ask your gym director for some strength training advice.

Next, remember to take it slow. You should start with a warm up, such as seven minutes on the elliptical machine or treadmill to warm up your muscles and get ready. Strength training is all about building muscle. And building muscle means you won't be able to lift the heaviest weight the first time you set out to do it. It's best to start with lighter weights and work up to see what you can handle. No matter how light you start, it's only naturally to feel sore the next day - remember the old moto, "no pain, no gain."

Also keep in mind that you don't have to tone your body all in one day. Especially for beginners, it can be overwhelming not only to remember each of the activities you need to do in your routine, but simply just to have the energy and endurance to complete a full body routine. Another good point: don't work the same muscles two days in a row. They need time to recover and build up in between sessions.

And finally, relax and breathe. It may sound silly, but if you're holding everything in you probably are compromising your form. Also, if you breathe with your movements, you'll actually find it easier to lift the weights. 

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If you think that women lifting weights equates to unattractively muscle-bound female forms, think again. There are many benefits of strength training for women that result in lean, toned looks.

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