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What should I know before I try weightlifting?

David Buer
Fitness
The first thing you should do is see your physician for a physical exam. You need to make sure your body is healthy enough and prepared to take on weightlifting as a regular part of your exercise routine.
Next, find a qualified fitness professional in your area. A certified professional can evaluate your body’s strengths and weaknesses and uncover any muscular imbalances. Professional trainers will work within your budget to walk you step-by-step through a weightlifting program that is ideal for your needs, goals and body type. The National Academy of Sports Medicine or NASM has thousands of certified sports professionals worldwide.

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