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Weight Training 101: What You Need To Know Before You Lift

Nina Cherie PhD Lifting Dumbbell

Weight training fundamentals tend to be a mystery for many people. Both novice and experienced weight lifters alike struggle with certain basics like proper exercise selection and execution as well as manipulating repetitions and sets, even though they believe they’re doing things right. Oftentimes, beginners have no clue when it comes to weight training and resort to spending valuable time watching and emulating more experienced lifters. Unfortunately, some of these ‘experienced’ individuals don’t know what they’re doing either.

It is important for you to approach weight training with a solid understanding of the basics and a carefully laid out plan so that you can experience some real results. Here are 3 essentials for establishing a weight training plan that works for you (click on the links for more information):

1. Establish your training goals and schedule

2. Choose your exercises and equipment wisely

3. Determine appropriate loads, repetitions and sets

Once you have read through these fundamentals and feel comfortable implementing them, you can begin to establish a weight training plan that works for you.  However, if you are still unclear about the basics of weight training you should consult with a qualified health or fitness professional.

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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.

Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you.  If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise.  However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.

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