I remember back in the day more than 10 years ago sitting in my garage staring at the bench press wondering what exactly strength training was. Since people around me always referred to their training exclusively as bodybuilding I thought there was some special secret being kept about strength training. I figured that if I was building muscle and able to increase the weights used on certain exercises that I was in fact getting stronger, therefore I must be strength training, right?
Have you ever found yourself asking, what is strength training?
Since your muscle mass can diminish over time if it isn’t maintained. Simply put, strength training is a way for you to exercise your body to boost muscle and to help you to maintain your body strength through a reasonable exercise program. With the use of common resistance tools found in most gyms, garages and households you increase strength over time and improve your anaerobic endurance.
So now that you have a basic answer to what strength training is, you can look at how you can get started.
Typically, you’ll want to work out your body over the course of a week with at least 3 days of working out. During this time, you’ll warm up with 10 minutes of light cardio and then do a couple of sets of an exercise with at least eight repetitions. This ensures you do get the maximum benefit from your workouts, without causing extensive damage to any of the muscles being used. I always make it a point to get the blood flowing proper with a good warmup.
In some cases, full body workouts can be achieved with the use of exercise machines. Depending on who you’re asking about strength training you may find that these machines are often used as an example. They can help you to safely and effectively workout the entire body with a few simple routines. Try to get a solid mix of free weights and machines to ensure that you are not neglecting any muscle groups and to ensure maximum results from you workouts.
Of course, any exercises you do during your strength training should have increased difficulty added to them. In a few weeks, and in many cases sooner, your body is going to become used to the weights and the reps that you’re doing. Because of this, you need to look at regularly increasing “poundage” on the weights you’re lifting and a few repetitions to each of your sets. This helps you to continue to maximize the benefits you receive and helping you to attain your desired level of strength and beyond.
While looking into the question, “what is strength training?” It will also be important that you review the things you can do to effectively go through this process. It’ll be a good idea for you to look at routines designed for a beginner that can help you to dig deep and push your exercise efforts to the max and workout the essential muscles in your body. It’s a good idea to start with a couple routines for each area of your body and then work up to four, five or however many you see fit.
Stay positive and stay hungry. Over time, you’re going to find that you’re able to do more to help improve your strength and to tone your body with relative ease. What is strength training to you and how do you feel about your current fitness level? Is there not always room for improvement? I feel that there is as I’ve yet to see perfection(my perception of it) among humans. To some this might translate into accepting complacency and not constantly trying to learn, get bigger, better and stronger. I know that’s not the case with you, you know how to get after it and you’re always reaching for the stars. Constantly seeking out information and puting your body to the test.
Keep training hard!
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