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About 15 years ago, I was sitting in my garage between sets, wondering what exactly strength training was.
People around me usually referred to their training as bodybuilding or muscle building at best. About the only one I ever heard mention “strength training” specifically was my football coach.
I thought there was some secret being kept about strength training. I figured if I was building muscle and getting bigger, that I was in fact strength training. Wrong. The problem was that I was training for vanity and not performance.
I wasn’t increasing the weight on various exercises and only looked better, but wasn’t functioning at a higher level.
Have you ever found yourself asking, what is strength training?
Your muscle mass can diminish over time if it isn’t maintained. Strength training is exercise that boosts muscle and maintains your functional physical ability through a reasonable training program. With the use of body weight and common resistance tools found in most gyms, garages and households you increase strength over time and improve your anaerobic endurance.
That’s the basic answer to what strength training is, now let’s look at how you can get started .
Work Your Muscles At Least 3 Days Per Week
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. I am not going to give you a specific number of reps.
Establish your own baseline. I like to go until I think I cannot do any more, and then I do one more. 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.
Do Full Body Workouts
In some cases, full body workouts can be achieved with or without 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, likely sooner, your body will become used to the weight and reps you’re doing. Because of this, you need to look at regularly increasing resistance, reps and weight on the equipment you’re using. This helps you to continue to maximize the benefits you receive and helping you to attain your desired level of strength and beyond.
High Intensity Interval Training
Otherwise known as HIIT. This can be as simple as sprinting for a 2 minute window and then a 2 minute cool off period with jogging, walking etc for as little as 15 minutes total. The great thing about HIIT is that it’s a full body workout on top of being an absolute cardio boosting powerhouse. Technically a superset program at the gym constitutes HIIT as well.
Stay Positive & 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?
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.
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 stronger, healthier and more capable.
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 putting your body to the test.
Health by choice, not by chance.