What is the proper progression of a strength training routine?

Build your strength training routine focusing on working from the inside out. Start with endurance type training that uses lighter resistance with higher repetitions. This type of training can help to condition the smaller muscles that surround the joints which helps to keep you stable. All individuals should start with at least one month of exercises focusing on increasing balance and muscular control as well as diminishing muscular imbalances. After this has been accomplished, an individual can move into a strength-focused training program, which may be progressed for several months. These are more traditional exercises that utilize slightly heavier weights and are performed in more stable, secure environments like machines or utilizing free weights on a bench or seat. Based on personal goals, you may want to progress to power training. Power training helps to increase the speed at which you perform your activities and is most often used to condition athletes.

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