Beginnings are great, but can be even better with some
structure and planning. Let’s talk about how to begin a
strength training program.
First off, decide what your goal is. Do you want to get
stronger? Do you want to reshape your physique? Do you
need an outlet for stress relief? Do you want to protect
your body from the aging process? Your goal may be one,
some or none of these, but that’s okay! As long as you
know what you want to ultimately achieve, you can tailor
your program around this.
Secondly, consider your options. If your goal is to get
stronger and you know you’ll be squatting or bench
pressing a lot, you’re going to need the equipment for
this. On the other hand, if you just want to tighten your
physique, you may just need some dumbbells.
these options when evaluating your options to obtaining
or having access to the proper equipment. Some goals
can be easily reached at a home gym, others may require
lots of equipment and work better at a fitness facility.
If you have any medical issues or concerns, please
consult your doctor. Even a trainer will tell you this.
Whether it’s an old or preexisting injury or condition, be
sure to consider and discuss this before starting a weight
lifting regimen. The most frustrating thing when starting
on a journey to health is finding out you reinjured a
dormant injury and now are back to square one.
Lastly and absolutely most importantly, assess your
mental readiness and ability to commit. Being halfheartedly committed to your goal isn’t going to work. You
have to know you can commit the time and win the
mental battles. You have to set aside the time to get it
done despite other things that may arise. You have to
practice patience and understand that good things take
time and this is no exception.
Whatever your reason for beginning a strength training
journey, embrace it. Not only will you become physically
stronger, but you will feel the change mentally as well.
Our bodies are made to be sculpted and you have
just taken the first step. Believe in yourself and you will
be amazed at what you are capable of doing.