Are you thinking about integrating some strength training into your life, but you’re not sure how to get started?
Strength training doesn’t have to be unpleasant at all, and if you start with 30 to 45 minute workouts, and just use light weights, you’ll get your body looking fit and toned without all the hassle of having to go through hours of intense, frustrating strength training.
Why is strength training really great for you?
There are a lot of reasons why strength training is excellent for you, outside of the fact that it makes you feel and look great. It makes your metabolic rate go faster so that your body can burn calories more easily. It cuts down on the cardiovascular stress by cutting down on your resting heart rate and blood pressure.
Strength training increases your bone density, and it reduces the risk of osteoporosis as a result. It improves your muscular endurance, power, and strength, which are all great things. You do want to look buff, don’t you?
Each pound of muscle that you add will actually burn about 35 to 50 calories per day. That can really add up. If you’re a competitive kind of guy, then strengthening can really increase your athletic performance as well.
Strength training can also help stop injuries too. It can create more balanced, stronger musculature, and that will mean that you have more stability in the joints, more efficient biomechanical relationships, and better movement performance too.
Get Stronger Anywhere
You need to choose your setting and equipment too. You can opt to do your strength training in a gym. You can even do it at home. You can do it when you’re on the train. You can do it in the rain. Well, don’t take it that far.
The point is that you’re not limited to one particular setting when you’re doing strength training. You don’t have to purchase a gym membership if you don’t want to. You can purchase all sorts of used equipment off of craigslist and just work out at home.
There are combination weight machines and free weights that you can purchase for the home. You can get a weight bench, dumbbells, squat rack and barbells to work out at home with. You might even use resistance tubes or bands if you are against purchasing heavy equipment.
Check out this video of the man himself, Elliott Hulse, describing what it means to be strong!
Proper Progressive Overload
Before you start lifting heavy, start off really easy and work your way up from there.
Eventually, you’ll want to move to lifting heavier and heavier weights, and there was even one study that showed that the majority of women didn’t use weights that were heavy enough to challenge them.
A similar study showed that men often attempted weights that were too heavy, putting the body into dangerous scenarios.
That’s not good at all!
Women shouldn’t be afraid to challenge themselves and go forward in their progress. And men shouldn’t be afraid to hush the ego and compare their current abilities to the abilities of only their former selves.
The only job you have when you’re first starting to work out, is to learn good form and get in the practice of proper strength training. Don’t keep up with the fancy workout theories or the newfangled machines. Just get yourself involved in it and ease yourself into the whole process.
Train hard and smart,
-David “Beginner Strength” Aston