If you are interested in developing a strength training routine for getting stronger, leaner and more toned, this article has several tips to help you along the way.
You can develop your muscles and increase your strength, leading to a healthier body. You need to do a combination of exercises to gain the greatest benefit to your body. This means that you need to combine strength training with cardiovascular exercise. By doing so, you will maximize your efforts.
Perform a high-intensity cardio routine for several minutes and then switch to the weight lifting portion of your workout. Continue to rotate between the two for the duration of your workout. Do not forget to cool down at the end.
You should incorporate weight lifting several times a week for maximum results. Consider adding strength training at least three days each week or as many as five. Stick with what works best for your goals.
When you begin your program, select weights to lift that are appropriate for your strength level. You want to challenge your muscles without over-stressing them. Increase the number of pounds only after you can easily perform the exercises and no longer feel resistance. Continue to increase the amount of weight in small increments of 2% to 5% until working your muscles towards failure.
It is important to remember that your body needs time at the beginning and end of a routine to warm up and cool down. Before you jump into lifting, do some light cardiovascular exercises and stretch you major muscle groups. You want to feel your body temperature rise slightly, and you want to feel an increase in blood flow to all of your muscles.
At the end of your routine, perform some light stretches again and gently reduce your heart rate. Remember to design a routine that challenges all of your muscles. Often, people focus on the major muscles in the body and overlook the rest. It is vital that you pay attention to the smaller muscles in order to keep your physique well balanced.
Consuming an adequate amount of water is another factor that is often overlooked. When you become engaged in a workout routine, it is imperative that you keep your body properly hydrated. Drink water before, during and after your exercise routine.
If you choose to follow these suggestions, you will find that you have a fantastic beginning for your weight lifting and strength training routine. Remember to keep your routine varied and inclusive of all your muscles and to stay hydrated.
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