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5 STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISES FOR BEGINNERS!

When I joined the gym, I had no interest in getting “huge” nor did I want the problems some of my bulked up buddies had buying clothes that fit them. I simply wanted to get stronger but I was pretty intimidated by some of these ripped guys and girls that had clearly been working out for years.

I really didn’t know what strength building exercises I should do or how to use the overwhelming number of machines that were lined up. I watched guys and gals working out on the equipment and dumbbells and it looked simple enough until I tried using the equipment myself and realized there are a myriad of settings and techniques that are required to do the exercises properly. Dumbbells seemed simple enough but I didn’t know how to use them properly either.

ADVICE #1– Ask a trainer for help! That’s what they’re there for. Pretty much every gym offers free personal training sessions when you join. USE THEM! Ask for some instructions on weight training exercises to ensure you’re A) doing them right, and B)working with the proper amount of weight.

ADVICE #2- Start out light! You don’t need or want to push yourself to the point where the blood vessels in your head feel like they’re about to explode. More reps with lighter weights is best, especially for beginners. Get comfortable using weights and focus on proper form. Ask a trainer if you’re doing the exercises right, otherwise you may be doing yourself more harm than good.

ADVICE #3- Mix up your workouts. Allow your body to recover from workouts by rotating different exercises on different days.

That should get you going. The biggest takeaway from this post is that PROPER FORM IS THE KEY.***

The article below offers 5 strength building exercises for beginners. Work these into your weekly routine 2 or 3 days a week and you’ll feel the results pretty quickly. Once you’re comfortable with these, ask a trainer at your gym to add in other strength building exercises.

DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY WEIGHTS.... YOU CAN DO THIS!

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