What are the most important tips for strength training?

Chris Embry

• Always maintain proper form.  Never sacrifice proper form just to increase the weight.

• Be progressive.  Track your workouts using a training log. Try to beat your log by either increasing the weight or the number of reps the next time you perform that workout.  Doing one more rep with the same weight is still progressing.  Small, incremental progression adds up over time.  If you are not progressive with your workouts, you are not giving your body a reason to grow and adapt.

The most important tip I can give you will be to focus on form.  Focusing on form will help to prevent injury and will help to give you full benefit from the exercise you are completing.  Not having proper form can lead to injury and an injury will be a setback and prevent you from reaching your goals in the time frame you set.  Also, be sure to complete exercises that hit multiple muscle groups, try to avoid isolation on each exercise.  Get the most bang for your buck!

Here are some tips for doing strength training exercises:
  • Be sure you talk to your healthcare providers before starting any strength training program.
  • Work different muscle groups each training session to prevent injury. Each week, try to work all your major muscle groups -- don't just focus on one part of the body.
  • Don't hold your breath while lifting weights. Exhale (breathe out) during the harder part of each movement. Inhale (breathe in) during the easier part.
  • Listen to your body. If any exercise feels unsafe or painful, stop and reduce the weight or intensity.

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