Getting Started With Your Strength Training Workouts and Tips for Strength Training Exercises

When you include strength training exercises in workouts, you’ll lose more weight than those who focus only on cardio. Research has proven that they way to lose weight and keep it off is by using strength training workouts.

To get started, here's what you need to know…

The key to getting great results from your workouts includes strength training exercises. The benefit of strength training is that weight lifting workouts build fat burning muscle and boost your metabolism.

It’s easy when you Use the FITT principle…

Frequency – Two days to three days per week of strength training exercises can be just as effective as a five-day routine. The most important consideration is how often you train muscles. Full body strength training exercises can be done 3 times a week but should include fewer exercises per workout. Strength training programs that include 2-3 body parts can include more exercises but should be done less often. This allows your body enough time to recover leading to improved performance.

Intensity - Challenging your body by utilizing proper form, adequate weight, and the right number of reps, is crucial in transforming your body. This doesn't mean you have to use heavy weights or perform 100 reps to make a difference, but you should experience some degree of difficulty each time you perform strength training workouts to force your muscles to grow. Your workout should be challenging but not impossible.

Time - There is a common misconception that in order to get results you need to do weight lifting workouts for hours at a time. In reality a 45-60 minute strength training program is enough for most individuals. In fact, routines of strength training exercises that last longer than 60 minutes can actually break down muscle and cause injuries.

Think quality vs. quantity.

Type - Whether you're looking to reduce the size of your thighs, or lose the love handles, it's important to include all types of exercises for all body parts in your weight training workouts. Building muscle all over prevents imbalances, which lead to injuries. It also creates a more proportioned look, and burns fat faster. You should also use different types of resistance such as weights, or bodyweight resistance. This leads to faster strength gains and quicker results.

Keep these factors in mind when planning your workout and the strength training exercises you'll use and you'll be well on your way to a leaner, fit physique. The only thing left to do is determine your fitness needs.

Tailored Fitness will customize a fitness program to fit your individual needs, including motivation, supervision and goal setting. Check out my program options to see how you can begin toning up and losing fat today. My programs are the difference between a strength training program that works and one that doesn't. 

Read my pages about cardio training and flexibility as well.