How to Start Strength Training

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Have you been doing lots of cardio and looking to switch up your workouts? Perhaps it’s time to give strength training a try. Strength training helps build muscles, makes you stronger, reduces your risk of injury, and it increases your balance, stability, and flexibility. Lifting weights can be intimidating, especially when you’re new to it, but with these tips, you’ll be strength training in no time.

Find Motivation

Think about why you’ve decided to try strength training. Do you want to tone up? Do you want to get stronger? Seeing results takes time, but if you focus on why you started in the first place, you’re more likely to stick to it.

Start Slow

Start slow and build up the intensity over time to prevent injuries. Don’t compare yourself to others at the gym who have probably been lifting for a while. If you’re hesitant to start lifting on your own, hire a trainer to get you started.

Set a Schedule

After you’ve decided to strength train, start doing it three days a week. Over time, you can increase it to five to six days a week. Make sure you spread out your workouts so you have rest days in between and focus on different muscle groups.

Start with Bodyweight Moves

Instead of jumping into the heavy weights, master bodyweight exercises like push-ups, planks, pull-ups, and squats first. Perfect your form before adding dumbbells and kettlebells.