The Don'ts of Strength Training

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What shouldn't I do when starting a strength training program?

The Don'ts of Strength Training

There are many things to be wary of when starting a strength training workout. To make sure you get the all the benefits of your exercise routine, watch out for these things:

  • Don't hire an unqualified personal trainer. It is important to get information on exercise and fitness information from a qualified personal trainer who has a degree in kinesiology or is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
  • Don't overdo it. If you are starting fresh from the beginning with a new weight and cardio workout make sure you don't take on too much at one time. This will not only cause injury, it can also be discouraging. Recognize your fitness level and build from there.
  • Don't expect immediate results. Though you may see an initial immediate improvement in your strength, it takes time to build and tone your muscles. After four to six months you will start to see a change in your fat and muscle ratios. Changes in bone density take up to 12 months.
  • Don't favor one side of your body. Don't ignore your butt and thighs just because you want to get rid of arm flab. For balance and strength you need a symmetrical workout that will develop both sides of your joints.

   

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